faux·​bour·​don | \ ˈfōbə(r)ˌdän \
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Definition of fauxbourdon

1 : harmonic progressions of the 15th century characterized by parallel fourths in the two upper voices and based chiefly on parallel sixth chords
2 : a sacred homophonic choral composition

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History and Etymology for fauxbourdon

French faux-bourdon, from Middle French, from faux false (from Latin falsus) + bourdon bass horn

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“Fauxbourdon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauxbourdon. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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