1. Music The concluding passage of a movement or composition.
2. A conclusion or closing part of a statement.
[Italian coda, tail, from Latin cauda, cōda, tail, perhaps originally "that which is hewn off, part," and akin to cūdere, to strike, beat; see INCUS.]
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