- an organon.
- the doubling, or simultaneous singing, of a melody at an interval of either a fourth, a fifth, or an octave.
- the second part in such singing.
Origin of organum
From Latin, dating back to 1605–15; see origin at organ
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Examples from the Web for organum
The very word is redolent of an Organum—whether novum or veterum.Essays in Experimental Logic
The transition from organum to discant was effected about the year 1100.Music in the History of the Western Church
The Organum (philosophy of first principles) of Aristotle was first publicly taught in 1215.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V
Organum est librite hydrobapticum ad omnium ripas situm, lingu fervore refrigerando.The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume II (of 2)
The inductive method, so far as exhibited in the Organum, is exemplified by an investigation into the nature of heat.
- 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
C17: via Latin from Greek; see organ