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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: violoncello 'cello' (18-21 centuries), from Italian, from violone 'large stringed instrument', from viola; VIOLA

cello

noun
     
cello
Related topics: Music
cel‧lo plural cellos [countable]
APM a musical instrument like a large violin that you hold between your knees and play by pulling a bow (=special stick) across the strings

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