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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Origin and Etymology of 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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