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plagal Syllabification: pla·gal
Pronunciation: /ˈplāɡəl/

Definition of plagal in English:


(Of a church mode) containing notes between the dominant and the note an octave higher, having the final in the middle. Compare with authentic.
Example sentences
  • The structure of authentic and plagal Modes was explained, and examples given of melodies formed on them.


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin plagalis, from plaga 'plagal mode', from Latin plagius, from medieval Greek plagios (hēkhos) 'plagal (mode)', from Greek plagos 'side'.

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