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spiccato

A directive to perform the indicated passage of a composition separated or detached.
 
This term is typically referring to a performance technique on a bowed stringed instrument. The directive "spiccato" implies that the notes are to be performed in the middle of the bow with the bow bouncing naturally off the string. This produces a fast and light staccato effect. Typically, this is done with the performer changing bow-strokes (up and down).