nachschlag

noun
nach·​schlag | \ ˈnäḵˌshläk \
plural nachschläge\ -​lāgə \ or nachschlags

Definition of nachschlag

1 : a musical ornament consisting of one or several short unaccented grace notes attached to and played in the time of the preceding main note or tone
2 : the auxiliary closing note or notes usually played at the end of a trill

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History and Etymology for nachschlag

German, literally, afterstroke, from Middle High German nāchslac blow struck from behind, from nāch after, behind (from Old High German nāh) + slac blow (from Old High German slag); akin to Old High German slahan to beat, strike

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“Nachschlag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nachschlag. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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