viola[vē ō′lə, vī-]
Origin: It < OProv viula, viol
Origin: ME < L, a violet, prob. of non-IE orig.
Origin: < L viola, a violet
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- A stringed instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower, and having a deeper, more sonorous tone.
- An organ stop usually of eight-foot or four-foot pitch yielding stringlike tones.
Origin: Italian, from Old Provençal, viola, probably of imitative origin.
- vi·oˈlist noun
Origin: Middle English, from Latin.