Piccolo



[pik-uh-loh] /ˈpɪk əˌloʊ/

noun, plural piccolos.
1.
a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute.
/ˈpɪkəˌləʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
a woodwind instrument, the smallest member of the flute family, lying an octave above that of the flute See flute (sense 1)
n.

1856, piccolo flute, from French piccolo, from Italian flauto piccolo “small flute,” from piccolo “small,” perhaps a children’s made-up word, or from picca “point,” or from Vulgar Latin root *pikk- “little,” related to *piccare “to pierce” (see pike (n.2)). Other sources suggest it is from the same source as French petit (see petit (adj.)).
piccolo [(pik-uh-loh)]

A small, high-pitched flute.

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