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

  • n. A trill consisting of alternation between a written note and the note immediately above it. Also called inverted mordent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A melodic embellishment consisting of the quick alternation of a principal tone with an auxiliary tone above it, usually the next of the scale; -- called also the inverted mordente.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The German name for the inverted mordent 01 passing trill (which see, under trill).


German : prallen, to rebound (alteration of Middle High German prellen) + Triller, trill (from Italian trillo, from trillare, to trill, probably of imitative origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The American College Dictionary defines a pralltriller as "an inverted mordent."

    Mordents & Pralltrillers

  • Stanley Kauffmann in his review of Stephen Becker's Marshall Field III calls in question the author's "expertise in the arts" by citing a statement of Mr. Becker on Field's interest in music: "He may not have known a mordant from a pralltriller."



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