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sticheron

short hymn or stanza sung in Greek Orthodox religious services. The word probably derives from a diminutive of the Greek tropos ("something repeated," "manner," "fashion"), with a possible analogy to the Italian ritornello ("refrain"; diminutive of ritorno, "return"). Since the 5th century, troparion also has designated brief phrases inserted after psalm verses

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