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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a lyric operatic voice with some attributes of the dramatic voice: a spinto soprano.

Etymologies

Italian, past participle of spingere, to push, from Vulgar Latin *expingere : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin pangere, to fasten; see impinge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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