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What language does the word 'piccolo' originate from?

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2006-08-13 12:59:48

According to the American Heritage

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2006-08-13 12:59:48

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"


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