mordent

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noun mor·dent \ˈmȯr-dənt, mȯr-ˈdent\

Definition of mordent

  1. :  a musical ornament made by a quick alternation of a principal tone with the tone immediately below it

Origin and Etymology of mordent

Italian mordente, literally, biting, pungent, from Latin mordent-, mordens, present participle of mordēre

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