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crab canon

noun, Music.
a canon in which the imitating voice is the theme in retrograde motion. Unabridged
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crab canon

(music) a canon in which the imitating voice repeats the notes of the theme in reverse order Also called retrograde canon, canon cancrizans
Word Origin
from the mistaken medieval notion that crabs move backwards
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