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[ur-tekst, oo r-] /ˈɜrˌtɛkst, ˈʊər-/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
the original form of a text, especially of a musical composition.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; ur-3 + text
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Urtext

/ˈuːrtɛkst/
noun
1.
the earliest form of a text as established by linguistic scholars as a basis for variants in later texts still in existence
2.
an edition of a musical score showing the composer's intentions without later editorial interpolation
Word Origin
from ur- original + text
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