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[jim-uh l] /ˈdʒɪm əl/
noun, Music.
the technique, found in some medieval English music, of singing voice parts in parallel thirds.
Also, gimel.
1350-1400; Middle English gimeles, gemeles twins < Middle French gemel, gimel twin; see gimmal, geminate Unabridged
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(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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