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See also: Celli and 'celli




  1. (rare) plural of cello
    • 1968, Donald N. Ferguson, Masterworks of the Orchestral Repertoire: A Guide for Listeners[1], page 349:
      Now, against the Beethoven rhythm and the antiphonal outcry (E), the 'celli intone a spacious and somber melody whose beginning is shown at F.
    • 1971, Richard Korn, Orchestral accents[2], page 119:
      The dynamics of the celli have to be extended to the basses, for it would not make sense to have the basses operating under their last dynamics mark, of the previous bar, which is ppp.
    • 1988, Elliott W. Galkin, A history of orchestral conducting: in theory and practice[3], page 38:
      The balance of strings in these two orchestras emphasized the lowest tessitura; Charles Burney criticized the Italians for having more double basses than celli and for playing the instrument "... so coarsely that it produced a sound no more musical than the stroke of a hammer."



celli f

  1. accusative singular form of celle
  2. instrumental singular form of celle



From Proto-Celtic *kallī.



celli f (plural cellïau or cellïoedd)

  1. grove, copse, woodland, hazel grove


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
celli gelli nghelli chelli
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-) , “celli”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies
  • Matasović, Ranko (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN