Definition of organum in English:

organum

Syllabification: or·ga·num
Pronunciation: /ˈôrgənəm
 
/

noun (plural organa /-nə/)

  • (In medieval music) a form of early polyphony based on an existing plainsong.
    More 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.

Origin

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

More definitions of organum

Definition of organum in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
noun
used to address an English nobleman