n. pl. mon·o·dies
1. An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
2. A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
a. A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
b. A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
c. A composition in either of these styles.
[Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
mo·nodic (mə-nŏdĭk), mo·nodi·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
mono·dist (mŏnə-dĭst) n.
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