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organum

[awr-guh-nuh m] /ˈɔr gə nəm/
noun, plural organa
[awr-guh-nuh] /ˈɔr gə nə/ (Show IPA),
organums.
1.
an organon.
2.
Music.
  1. the doubling, or simultaneous singing, of a melody at an interval of either a fourth, a fifth, or an octave.
  2. the second part in such singing.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin; see organ
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organon

/ˈɔːɡəˌnɒn/
noun (Epistemology) (pl) organa (ˈɔːɡənə), -nons, -na, -nums
1.
a system of logical or scientific rules, esp that of Aristotle
2.
(archaic) a sense organ, regarded as an instrument for acquiring knowledge
Word Origin
C16: from Greek: implement; see organ

organum

/ˈɔːɡənəm/
noun (pl) -na (-nə), -nums
1.
a form of polyphonic music originating in the ninth century, consisting of a plainsong melody with parts added at the fourth and fifth
2.
a variant of organon
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek; see organ
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