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Meaning of castrato

cas•tra•to

Pronunciation: (ka-strä'tō, ku-It.kä-strä'tô), [key]
— pl. -ti
  1. a male singer, esp. in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing.
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