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melodic

[muh-lod-ik] /məˈlɒd ɪk/
adjective
1.
2.
of or relating to melody, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
Origin of melodic
1815-1825
1815-25; < Late Latin melōdicus < Greek melōidikós. See melody, -ic
Related forms
melodically, adverb
nonmelodic, adjective
nonmelodically, adverb
unmelodic, adjective
unmelodically, adverb
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  • In it are the harmonic, melodic, and spiritual germs of modern music.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Some musicians have the faculty of invention, rhythmic, melodic.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • With the composer's next opera we meet Verdi the melodic universalist.

    Verdi: Man and Musician

    Frederick James Crowest
  • The polyphony of the vocal parts is masterly and the melodic flow most charming.

    Giacomo Puccini Wakeling Dry
  • A composition does not exist unless there is repetition of the melodic subjects of it.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
British Dictionary definitions for melodic

melodic

/mɪˈlɒdɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to melody
2.
of or relating to a part in a piece of music
3.
tuneful or melodious
Derived Forms
melodically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for melodic
adj.

1818, from French mélodique, from Late Latin melodicus, from Greek melodikos, from melodia (see melody).

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