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piccolo

Many orchestras include a piccolo, which is a small, high-pitched flute.

The word piccolo is in the fairly extensive group of Italian words that designate musical instruments and other musical terms. A piccolo is a small flute that plays an octave higher than an ordinary one; the word comes, appropriately enough, from the Italian for "small," which is also piccolo.

Definitions of piccolo
  1. noun
    a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute
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    type of:
    flute, transverse flute
    a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
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