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: a medieval short lyrical poem in a strict poetic form
: a complex polyphonic unaccompanied vocal piece on a secular text developed especially in the 16th and 17th centuries
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1584, in the meaning defined at sense 2a
Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother
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: a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries
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