mezzobusto

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from busto, through a semantic shift from Latin būstum (burial mound”, “tomb).
Surface analysis: mezzo- (half-) +‎ busto (torso”, “trunk).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɛd͡ːzoˈbusto/, [ˌmɛd̪.d̪͡z̪oˈbus̪.t̪o]
  • Rhymes: -usto
  • Hyphenation: mez‧zo‧bu‧sto

Noun[edit]

mezzobusto m (plural mezzobusti)

  1. bust (sculpture)
  2. head and shoulders (portrait)
  3. talking head (on TV)