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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