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appoggiatura (plural appoggiaturas)
- (music) A type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows.
- "The following Adagietto was like a long, melting appoggiatura composed of smaller dying falls and languid resolutions." — New York Times, March 2, 1992