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musica ficta

[myoo-zi-kuh fik-tuh; Latin moo-si-kah fik-tah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɪk tə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɪk tɑ/
noun
1.
the use of chromatically altered tones in the contrapuntal music of the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Also, musica falsa
[myoo-zi-kuh fawl-suh; Latin moo-si-kah fahl-sah] /ˈmyu zɪ kə ˈfɔl sə; Latin ˈmu sɪˌkɑ ˈfɑl sɑ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin mūsica ficta, literally, fashioned music
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