discant

[noun dis-kant; verb dis-kant]
noun
  1. Also dis·can·tus [dis-kan-tuh s] /dɪsˈkæn təs/. Music. a 13th-century polyphonic style with strict mensural meter in all the voice parts, in contrast to the metrically free organum of the period.
  2. descant.
verb (used without object)
  1. descant.

Origin of discant

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin discanthus; see descant
Related formsdis·cant·er, noun
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discant

noun (ˈdɪskænt)
  1. a variant of descant (def. 1), descant (def. 3), descant (def. 4)
verb (dɪsˈkænt)
  1. a variant of descant (def. 1), descant (def. 3), descant (def. 4)
Derived Formsdiscanter, noun
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