[prey-suh; Italian pre-zah]

noun, plural pre·se [prey-sey; Italian pre-ze] /ˈpreɪ seɪ; Italian ˈprɛ zɛ/.

a mark, as :S:, +, or §, used in a canon, round, etc., to indicate where the successive voice parts are to take up the theme.

Origin of presa

1715–25; < Italian: literally, a taking up, feminine of preso, past participle of prendere to take < Latin prehendere to seize; see prehension Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -se (-seɪ)

music a sign or symbol used in a canon, round, etc, to indicate the entry of each partUsual signs: +, :S:,

Word Origin for presa

Italian, literally: a taking up, from prendere to take, from Latin prehendere to grasp
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