Definition of pizzicato adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



adjective, adverb
BrE BrE//ˌpɪtsɪˈkɑːtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪtsɪˈkɑːtoʊ//
(music, from Italian)
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played using the fingers instead of a bow2 (3) to pull at the strings of a musical instrument such as a violin Word OriginItalian, literally ‘pinched, twitched’, past participle of pizzicare, based on pizza ‘point, edge’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pizzicato