plagal

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adjective pla·gal \ ˈplā-gəl \

Definition of plagal

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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