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Today's word is:


|kəˈprēCHēˌō, -CHō|

noun ( pl. capriccios )

  • A lively piece of music, typically one that is short and free in form.
  • Apainting or other work of art representing a fantasy or a mixture of real and imaginary features.

ORIGIN: early 17th cent. (denoting a sudden change of mind): from Italian, literally 'head with the hair standing on end,' hence 'horror,' later 'a sudden start' (influenced by capra 'goat,' associated with frisky movement), from capo 'head' + riccio 'hedgehog.'