from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringed instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower, and having a deeper, more sonorous tone.
- n. An organ stop usually of eight-foot or four-foot pitch yielding stringlike tones.
- n. A plant of the genus Viola, which includes the violets and pansies, especially a variety having flowers resembling violets in size and shape and pansies in coloration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed instrument of the violin family, somewhat larger than a violin, played under the chin, and having a deeper tone
- n. An organ stop having a similar tone
- n. A 10-string steel-string acoustic guitar, used in Brazilian folk music.
- n. Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Viola, including the violets and pansies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all kinds of violets.
- n. An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as viol.
- n. Specifically,in modern usage, the large violin, properly the alto violin, though generally called the tenor, in size about one seventh larger than the violin
- n. In organ-building, a stop with metal pipes of narrow scale and ears on the sides of the mouths, giving tones of a penetrating, string-like quality.
- n. A genus of plants, type of the order Violarieæ and tribe Violeæ, including the pansies and violets.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
- n. a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower
- n. large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions
Italian, from Old Provençal, viola, probably of imitative origin.
Middle English, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)