- a canon in which the imitating voice is the theme in retrograde motion.
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- music a canon in which the imitating voice repeats the notes of the theme in reverse orderAlso called: retrograde canon, canon cancrizans
Word Origin for crab canon
from the mistaken medieval notion that crabs move backwards
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