Music composed for a specific use or function.
[German : Gebrauch, use (from gebrauchen, to use, from Middle High German gebrūchen, from Old High German gabrūhhan : ga-, gi-, intensive prefix; see kom in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + brūhhan, to use) + -s-, linking consonant + Musik, music (from Middle High German, from Old High German, from Latin mūsica; see MUSIC).]
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