mordent

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noun mor·dent \ ˈmȯr-dᵊnt , mȯr-ˈdent \

Definition of mordent

: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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