melisma definition by Webster's New World
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- melismatic adjective
melisma definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. me·lis·ma·ta or me·lis·mas
A passage of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in Gregorian chant.
Origin: Greek, melody, from melizein, to sing, from melos, song.
- melˌis·matˈic adjective