organum

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See also: orgánum

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin organum, itself a borrowing from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (órganon, organ, instrument, tool).

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Noun[edit]

organum (countable and uncountable, plural organums or organa)

  1. (music) A type of medieval polyphony which builds upon an existing plainsong.
  2. (archaic) A method by which philosophical or scientific investigation may be conducted.
    • 1794, George Adams, Lectures on natural and experimental philosophy
      He has given us an organum of a different origin and construction from that of Arislotle []
    • 1823, Thomas Wirgman, An Entirely New, Complete and Permanent Science of Philosophy
      Another important circumstance respecting our transcendental esthetics is, that it does not insinuate itself merely as a plausible hypothesis, but is as certain and indubitable as we can require any theory to be in order to serve as an organum.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (órganon, organ, instrument, tool).

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Noun[edit]

organum n (genitive organī); second declension

  1. an implement, instrument, tool
  2. any musical instrument

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative organum organa
Genitive organī organōrum
Dative organō organīs
Accusative organum organa
Ablative organō organīs
Vocative organum organa

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Note: In many Romance languages, it is unclear whether inherited or borrowed from Latin.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin organum. Doublet of organe.

Noun[edit]

organum (plural organum)

  1. A device used to produce music; a musical instrument.
  2. A keyboard instrument that produces sound by air moved through pipes; an organ.

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