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col·o·ra·tu·ra / ˌkələrəˈtoŏrə; ˌkäl-/ • n. elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody, esp. in operatic singing by a soprano. ∎  (also coloratura soprano) a soprano skilled in such singing.

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coloratura. Word derived from the Ger. Koloratur. The elaborate and agile ornamentation of a melody, either extemporized or written, with runs, cadenzas, trills, roulades, and the like. Hence a coloratura soprano is one whose v. is flexible enough to cope with these demands.

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