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presa

[prey-suh; Italian pre-zah] /ˈpreɪ sə; Italian ˈprɛ zɑ/
noun, plural prese
[prey-sey; Italian pre-ze] /ˈpreɪ seɪ; Italian ˈprɛ zɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a mark, as :S:, +, or §, used in a canon, round, etc., to indicate where the successive voice parts are to take up the theme.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: literally, a taking up, feminine of preso, past participle of prendere to take < Latin prehendere to seize; see prehension
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British Dictionary definitions for prese

presa

/ˈprɛsɑː/
noun (pl) -se (-seɪ)
1.
(music) a sign or symbol used in a canon, round, etc, to indicate the entry of each part Usual signs +, :S:,
Word Origin
Italian, literally: a taking up, from prendere to take, from Latin prehendere to grasp
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