neume or neum (nm, nym)
A sign used in the notation of plainsong during the Middle Ages, surviving today in transcriptions of Gregorian chants.
[Middle English, series of notes sung on one syllable, from Medieval Latin pneuma, from Greek, breath; see PNEUMA.]
neu·matic (n-mătĭk, ny-) adj.
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