crab canon


noun Music.

a canon in which the imitating voice is the theme in retrograde motion.

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British Dictionary definitions for crab canon

crab canon

noun

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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