viola d'amore

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viola d'a·mo·re

 (dä-môr′ā, -môr′ē)
A stringed instrument, the tenor of the violin family, having six or seven stopped strings and an equal number of sympathetic strings.

[Italian : viola, viol + da, of + amore, love.]

viola d'amore

(vɪˈəʊlə dæˈmɔːrɪ)
(Instruments) an instrument of the viol family having no frets, seven strings, and a set of sympathetic strings. It was held under the chin when played
[C18: from Italian, literally: viol of love]

vi•o•la d'a•mo•re

(viˈoʊ lə dɑˈmɔr eɪ, -ˈmoʊr eɪ, də-)

n., pl. viola d'a•mo•res.
a treble viol with numerous sympathetic strings and several gut strings, producing a resonant sound.
[1690–1700; < Italian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.viola d'amore - viol that is the tenor of the viol familyviola d'amore - viol that is the tenor of the viol family
viol - any of a family of bowed stringed instruments that preceded the violin family
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