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hocket

[hok-it] /ˈhɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
a technique in medieval musical composition in which two or three voice parts are given notes or short phrases in rapid alternation, producing an erratic, hiccuping effect.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English hoket hitch < Middle French hocquet hiccup, sudden interruption, equivalent to hoc- (imitative) + -et diminutive suffix; see hiccup
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in medieval polyphonic (multipart) music, the device of alternating between parts, single notes, or groups of notes. The result is a more or less continuous flow with one voice resting while the other voice sounds

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