Definition of organum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrɡənəm/

noun (plural organa /-nə/)

(In medieval music) a form of early polyphony based on an existing plainsong.
Example sentences
  • In an organum piece, a fragment of an older melody is slowed down to the point where it almost becomes a drone.
  • In 1620 he published his Novum organum, presenting his philosophy of science in the form of aphorisms, many of them memorable.
  • They bring in a full drum kit for ‘Painted Chariot’, but it's mild, stumbling rock, with an organum interlude plopped in the middle for continuity.


Latin, from Greek organon, literally 'instrument, organ'.

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Syllabification: or·ga·num

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