chironomy

noun chi·ron·o·my \kīˈränəmē\
variants: or

cheironomy

\kīˈränəmē\

Definition of chironomy

plural

-es

  1. :  a method of directing the singing of Gregorian chant by hand gestures indicating the rise and fall of the melody

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Origin and Etymology of chironomy

Latin chironomia, from Greek cheironomia, from cheir- -chir + -nomia management, from nemein to distribute, manage — more at nimble


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