gimel

gimel

[gim-uhl]
noun
1.
the third letter of the hebrew alphabet.
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
3.
Music. gymel.

Origin:
< Hebrew gīmel, akin to gāmāl camel

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gimel (ˈɡɪməl, Hebrew ˈɡiːmɛl)
 
n
the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ג) transliterated as g or, when final, gh
 
[literally: camel]

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gimel

(from Latin cantus gemellus, "twin song"), medieval musical style of two-part polyphonic composition, possibly of popular origin, in which the voices move mainly in consecutive intervals of a third or a sixth. Crossing of parts is a common characteristic. Although gymel compositions have been preserved in manuscripts dating from the beginning of the 13th century, the name itself is first found in a detailed description of the style by the 15th-century theoretician Guilielmus Monachus.

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