plagal

adjective
pla·​gal | \ ˈplā-gəl How to pronounce plagal (audio) \

Definition of plagal

1 of a church mode : having the keynote on the fourth scale step — compare authentic sense 4a
2 of a cadence : progressing from the subdominant chord to the tonic — compare authentic sense 4b

First Known Use of plagal

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plagal

Medieval Latin plagalis, ultimately from Greek plagios oblique, sideways, from plagos side; akin to Latin plaga net, region, Greek pelagos sea

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“Plagal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagal. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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