motet

[moh-tet]
noun Music.
a vocal composition in polyphonic style, on a Biblical or similar prose text, intended for use in a church service.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mot, -et

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motet (məʊˈtɛt)
 
n
a polyphonic choral composition used as an anthem in the Roman Catholic service
 
[C14: from Old French, diminutive of mot word; see mot1]

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motet
"choral composition on a sacred text," late 14c., from O.Fr. motet (13c.), dim. of mot "word," from L. mutum "grunt, murmur."
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Whiting's unaccompanied motet stretches over thirty-five pages.
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