rhapsody

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From Latin rhapsōdia, from Ancient Greek ῥαψῳδία (rhapsōidía, to sew [songs] together).

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rhapsody (plural rhapsodies)

  1. An ancient Greek epic poem (or part of one) suitable for uninterrupted recitation.
  2. (obsolete) A random collection or medley; a miscellany or confused string of stories, words etc.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, vol.1, p.138:
      This concerneth not those mingle-mangles of many kinds of stuffe, or as the Grecians call them Rapsodies, that for such are published [].
  3. An exalted or exaggeratedly enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
  4. (music) An instrumental composition of irregular form often incorporating improvisation.

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