[mahr-tl-ah-toh; Italian mahr-tel-lah-taw] /ˌmɑr tlˈɑ toʊ; Italian ˌmɑr tɛlˈlɑ tɔ/

(of notes or chords in a musical score) heavily accented and detached.
(in string playing) the practice of bowing the string with a succession of short sharp blows


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