prick-song

prick song

noun Archaic.
1.
written music.
2.
descant ( def 1a ).

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English, short for pricked song

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prick song
 
n
obsolete
 a.  a piece of written vocal music
 b.  vocal music sung from a copy
 
[C16: from pricked song, prickt song, from prick (in the sense: to mark out, notate)]

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