organum

noun
or·​ga·​num | \ ˈȯr-gə-nəm How to pronounce organum (audio) \

Definition of organum

1 : early polyphony of the late Middle Ages that consists of one or more voice parts accompanying the cantus firmus often in parallel motion at a fourth, fifth, or octave above or below also : a composition in this style

First Known Use of organum

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for organum

Medieval Latin, from Latin, organ

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“Organum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/organum. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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