from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A melodic ornament in which a principal tone is rapidly alternated with the tone a half or full step below.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornament consisting of a single alternation between a given pitch, and the one immediately below it
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
German, from Italian mordente, from mordere, to bite, from Vulgar Latin *mordere, from Latin mordēre; see mer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)