ma·​chi·​co·​tage | \ ¦mashə̇kō¦täzh \
plural -s

Definition of machicotage

: the embellishment of the solo part of plain song by the insertion of ornaments between the authentic tones

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History and Etymology for machicotage

French, from machicoter to embellish plain song (from machicot, a former choir official in the chapter of Notre Dame in Paris, France) + French -age

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“Machicotage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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