organum

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

organum (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]

Borrowing 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

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

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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References[edit]

  • organum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • organum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “organum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • organum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • organum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers