What language does the word 'piccolo' originate from?
According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English
Language (Fourth Edition, 2000), 'piccolo' is of, relating to, or
being a musical instrument considerably smaller than the usual
size: a piccolo trumpet; a piccolo concertina. The etymology of the
word 'piccolo' is explained as being borrowed from Italian (meaning
small), although some French origins do come up. This is taken
direct from an etymology dictionary: 1856, from Fr. piccolo, from
It. flauto piccolo "small flute," from piccolo "small," perhaps a
children's made-up word or from picca "point," or perhaps from V.L.
root *pikk- "little," related to *piccare "to pierce"