clausula

noun clau·su·la \ ˈklȯzhələ \

Definition of clausula

plural clausulae \-ˌlē\
1 :a rhythmic close or terminal cadence especially in ancient and medieval Latin prose rhythm — see cursus
2 in medieval music :an ornamented cadence or close
3 :a composition in descant style developed from a melismatic phrase of plainsong

clausular

\-lə(r)\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of clausula

Medieval Latin, from Latin, end, close of a rhetorical period, from clausus, past participle of claudere to close


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