neumatic

neume

[noom, nyoom]
noun
any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the musical notation of the Middle Ages but now employed solely in the notation of Gregorian chant in the liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin neuma < Greek pneûma breath

neumatic [noo-mat-ik, nyoo-] , neumic, adjective
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neume or neum (njuːm)
 
n
music one of a series of notational symbols used before the 14th century
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath]
 
neum or neum
 
n
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath]
 
'neumic or neum
 
adj

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