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A folio of the Cantigas de Santa Maria, containing lyrics and neumes.

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EtymologyEdit

From 15th c. Middle English newme, nevme, neme; from Middle French neume, in turn from Medieval Latin neuma or pneuma, either from Ancient Greek πνεῦμα (pneûma, breath) or νεῦμα (neûma, sign), or else a corruption of πνεῦμα (pneûma, breath). Doublet of pneuma.

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neume (plural neumes)

  1. (music) Any of a set of signs used in early musical notation.
  2. (music) A sequence of notes to be sung to one syllable.

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neume f

  1. plural of neuma