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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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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