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[n. dis-kant; v. dis-kant] /n. ˈdɪs kænt; v. dɪsˈkænt/
noun
1.
Also, discantus
[dis-kan-tuh s] /dɪsˈkæn təs/ (Show IPA)
. Music. a 13th-century polyphonic style with strict mensural meter in all the voice parts, in contrast to the metrically free organum of the period.
2.
verb (used without object)
3.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin discanthus; see descant
Related forms
discanter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for discantus

discant

noun (ˈdɪskænt)
1.
a variant of descant (sense 1), descant (sense 3), descant (sense 4)
verb (dɪsˈkænt)
2.
a variant of descant (sense 1), descant (sense 3), descant (sense 4)
Derived Forms
discanter, noun
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