Melisma

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Melisma (Mus) A piece of melody; a song or tune, -- as opposed to recitative or musical declamation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n melisma In music: A song, melody, or air, as contrasted with a recitative or declamatory passage.
    • n melisma A melodic decoration, grace, fioritura, or roulade.
    • n melisma A cadenza.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. me`lisma a song