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[oh-tah-vuh; Italian awt-tah-vah] /oʊˈtɑ və; Italian ɔtˈtɑ vɑ/

adverb, Music.
(of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff) or lower than written (when placed below the staff).
Abbreviation: 8va.
an interval of an octave See all’ottava


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