- the second longest note in medieval mensural notation.
Origin of longa
1640–50; < Latin, feminine of longus long1
ars longa, vita brevis
[ahrs lohng-gah wee-tah bre-wis; English ahrz lawng-guh vahy-tuh bree-vis, brev-is, vee-tuh, ahrs]
- art is long, life is short.
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Examples from the Web for longa
I find him longa place where all four fellow been camp in little gully.Tom Gerrard
Two of my compatriots, Longa and Mina, are captains-general, after all.Carmen
After a short interval of silence, the Fakeer's cry, "Ulla dily to longa!"Tara
Philip Meadows Taylor
"Pons longa, vita brevis," observed Hamil, intensely amused.The Firing Line
Robert W. Chambers
Turmeric, the root of a plant called Curcuma longa, a native of the East Indies, used as a yellow dye.A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Catherine Esther Beecher