countermelody

[ koun-ter-mel-uh-dee ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌmɛl ə di /

noun, plural coun·ter·mel·o·dies.

a melody heard, played, or sung simultaneously with another melody as an integral part of the composition.

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Origin of countermelody

First recorded in 1930–35; counter- + melody
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