noun lim·ma \ˈlimə\

Definition of limma



  1. 1 in ancient Greek music :  a semitone in the Pythagorean scale that is less than half a whole step and is designated as the difference between a perfect fourth and two whole steps or 256/243 —called also diesis

  2. 2 [Late Greek leimma, from Greek] :  a pause in Greek verse equivalent to one mora —symbol Λ, λ, ∧

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Origin and Etymology of limma

Late Latin, from Greek leimma Pythagorean semitone, remnant, from leipein to leave — more at loan

First Known Use: 1694

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