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Meaning of mordent

mor•dent

Pronunciation: (môr'dnt), [key]
— n. Music.
  1. a melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with the tone a half or a whole step below it, called single or short when the auxiliary tone occurs once and double or long when this occurs twice or more.
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