Pronunciation: (fē-ôr"i-toor'u, -ōr"-; It.fyô"rē-tOO'rä), [key]
—pl. -tu•rePronunciation: (-toor'ā; It.-tOO're). [key] Music.
the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the performer, as in Italian opera during the 18th century.
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