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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A preexisting melody used as the basis of a polyphonic composition, especially in polyphony of the 1300s and 1400s.

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  • noun a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin : Latin cantus, song + Latin firmus, fixed.]

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