Meaning of viola da braccio

vi•o•la da brac•cio

Pronunciation: (vē-ō'lu du brä'chō), [key]
— pl. viola da braccios.
  1. an old musical instrument of the viol family, held against the shoulder like a violin: superseded by the modern viola.
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