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Meaning of incipit

in•ci•pit

Pronunciation: (in'si-pit Lat. ing'ki-pit), [key]
— n.
  1. the introductory words or opening phrases in the text of a medieval manuscript or an early printed book.
  2. the first words of a chanted liturgical text, as that of a Gregorian chant or certain medieval motets.
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