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melisma

[ mi-liz-muh ]
/ m瑟藞l瑟z m蓹 /
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noun, plural me路lis路mas, me路lis路ma路ta [mi-liz-muh-tuh]. /m瑟藞l瑟z m蓹 t蓹/. Music.
an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in plainsong or blues singing.
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Origin of melisma

First recorded in 1605鈥15, melisma is from the Greek word m茅lisma 鈥渟ong, tune鈥; see melody, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM melisma

mel路is路mat路ic [mel-iz-mat-ik], /藢m蓻l 瑟z藞m忙t 瑟k/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for melisma

melisma
/ (m瑟藞l瑟zm蓹) /

noun plural -mata (-m蓹t蓹) or -mas
music an expressive vocal phrase or passage consisting of several notes sung to one syllable

Derived forms of melisma

melismatic (藢m蓻l瑟z藞m忙t瑟k), adjective

Word Origin for melisma

C19: from Greek: melody
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