limma definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a number of little musical periods, like the semitone
    • within the Pythagorean system of music, small half-step or semitone, being the remnant of an ideal 4th after subtracting from this two whole measures or “tones”: . A limma and an apotome together made a “tone”: . Also known as Pythagorean semitone or hemitone.
    • In prosody, a monosemic bare time or pause; an occasion corresponding to one mora or semeion, current inside rhythm, yet not expressed by a syllable within the terms.

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