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a usually homophonic composition for several voices, intended for choral performance without accompaniment
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- An unaccompanied secular, usually homophonic choral composition, especially of the 19th century.
- An unaccompanied secular polyphonic song predating the madrigal.