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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vi·o·la /vaɪˈolə, vi; ˈvaɪə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vi·o·la n.  Bot. A genus of polypetalous herbaceous plants, including all kinds of violets.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vi·o·la n.  Mus. An instrument in form and use resembling the violin, but larger, and a fifth lower in compass.
 Viola da braccio , the tenor viol, or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the alto. -- Viola da gamba , an instrument resembling the viola, but larger, and held between the knees. It is now rarely used. -- Viola da spalla , an instrument formerly used, resembling the viola, and intermediate in size between the viola and the viola da gamba. -- Viola di amore , a viol, larger than the viola, having catgut strings upon, and brass or steel wires under, the keyboard. These, sounding sympathetically with the strings, yield a peculiarly soft and silvery sound. It is now seldom used.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
      2: large genus of flowering herbs of temperate regions [syn: genus
      3: a bowed stringed instrument slightly larger than a violin,
         tuned a fifth lower