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(in opera) a comedy part, usually bass.
a male opera singer who specializes in comic roles.
Historical Examples

Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3) Otto Jahn
Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones

noun (pl) -fi (-fɪ), -fos
(in Italian opera of the 18th century) a comic part, esp one for a bass
Also called buffo bass, basso buffo (Italian) (ˈbasso ˈbuffo). a bass singer who performs such a part


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