clau·​su·​la | \ ˈklȯzhələ \
plural clausulae\ -​ˌlē \

Definition of clausula

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

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Other Words from clausula

clausular \ -​lə(r) \ adjective

History and Etymology for clausula

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

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“Clausula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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