[ awr-guh-nuh m ]
/ ˈɔr gə nəm /

noun, plural or·ga·na [awr-guh-nuh] /ˈɔr gə nə/, or·ga·nums.

an organon.
  1. the doubling, or simultaneous singing, of a melody at an interval of either a fourth, a fifth, or an octave.
  2. the second part in such singing.

Nearby words

  1. organosiloxane,
  2. organotherapy,
  3. organotin,
  4. organotrophic,
  5. organotropism,
  6. organza,
  7. organzine,
  8. orgasm,
  9. orgasmic,
  10. orgeat

Origin of organum

From Latin, dating back to 1605–15; see origin at organ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈɔːɡənəm) /

noun plural -na (-nə) or -nums

a form of polyphonic music originating in the ninth century, consisting of a plainsong melody with parts added at the fourth and fifth
a variant of organon

Word Origin for organum

C17: via Latin from Greek; see organ

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