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neume

play
noun \ˈnüm, ˈnyüm\

Definition of neume

  1. :  any of various symbols used in the notation of Gregorian chant

neumatic play \nu̇-ˈma-tik, nyu̇-\ adjective


Origin of neume

Middle English, from Medieval Latin pneuma, neuma, from Greek pneuma breath — more at pneumatic


First Known Use: 14th century


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