melisma

noun me·lis·ma \ mi-ˈliz-mə \

Definition of melisma

plural melismata play \-mə-tə\
1 :a group of notes or tones sung on one syllable in plainsong
2 :melodic embellishment
3 :cadenza

melismatic

play \ˌme-ləz-ˈma-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of melisma

New Latin, from Greek, song, melody, from melizein to sing, from melos song


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