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Meaning of scordatura

scor•da•tu•ra

Pronunciation: (skôr"du-toor'uIt.skôr"dä-t&oomacr'rä), [key]
— pl. -tu•re -tu•ras.
  1. the tuning of a stringed instrument in other than the usual way to facilitate the playing of certain compositions.
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