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

  • n. A kind of Christian music based on American folk music, marked by strong rhythms and elaborated refrains, and incorporating elements of spirituals, blues, and jazz.

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  • n. A type of African American religious music based on folk music melodies with the addition of elements of negro spiritual and jazz.


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