plagal

adjective
pla·gal | \ˈplā-gəl \

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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