A direction to violinists to pluck the string with the finger, instead of using the bow. (Abrev. pizz.)
While string players usually produce sound by pulling a bow across the string, they sometimes pluck the string with a finger. This latter technique is known as pizzicato.
The effect produced by plucking, rather than bowing, the string. The abbreviation pizz. is eventually offset by the indication arco , meaning bowed.