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raga

[rah-guh] /ˈrɑ gə/
noun
1.
one of the melodic formulas of Hindu music having the melodic shape, rhythm, and ornamentation prescribed by tradition.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Sanskrit rāga color, tone
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British Dictionary definitions for raga

raga

/ˈrɑːɡə/
noun (in Indian music)
1.
any of several conventional patterns of melody and rhythm that form the basis for freely interpreted compositions. Each pattern is associated with different aspects of religious devotion
2.
a composition based on one of these patterns
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit rāga tone, colour
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Word Origin and History for raga
n.

1788, from Sanskrit raga-s "harmony, melody, mode in music," literally "color, mood," related to rajyati "it is dyed," from PIE *reg- (3) "to dye" (cf. Greek rhegos "blanket, rug").

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