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Meaning of VIOLA

Pronunciation:  'vIowlu, 'vIowlu or vee'oulu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower
  2. [n]  large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions
  3. [n]  any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola

VIOLA is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: genus Viola
 See Also: bowed stringed instrument, dilleniid dicot genus, family Violaceae, field pansy, heartsease, herb, herbaceous plant, horned violet, Johnny-jump-up, love-in-idleness, pansy, pink of my John, string, tufted pansy, viola, Viola arvensis, Viola cornuta, Viola tricolor, Viola tricolor hortensis, Violaceae, violet, violet family, wild pansy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vi"o*la\, n. [L., a violet. See {Violet}.] (Bot.)
    A genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all
    kinds of violets.
  2. \Vi"o*la\, n. [It. See {Viol}.] (Mus.)
    An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but
    larger, and a fifth lower in compass.
    {Viola da braccio} [It., viol for the arm], the tenor viol,
       or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is
       written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the
    {Viola da gamba} [It., viol for the leg], an instrument
       resembling the viola, but larger, and held between the
       knees. It is now rarely used.
    {Viola da spalla} [It., viol for the shoulder], an instrument
       formerly used, resembling the viola, and intermediate in
       size between the viola and the viola da gamba.
    {Viola di amore} [It., viol of love: cf. F. viole d'amour], a
       viol, larger than the viola, having catgut strings upon,
       and brass or steel wires under, the keyboard. These,
       sounding sympathetically with the strings, yield a
       peculiarly soft and silvery sound. It is now seldom used.
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