lim·​ma | \ ˈlimə \
plural limmata\ -​ətə \

Definition of limma

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 [Late Greek leimma, from Greek] : a pause in Greek verse equivalent to one mora symbol Λ, λ, ⋀

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First Known Use of limma

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for limma

Late Latin, from Greek leimma Pythagorean semitone, remnant, from leipein to leave

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“Limma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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