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neumeor neum (no͞om, nyo͞om)
A sign used in the notation of plainsong during the Middle Ages, surviving today in transcriptions of Gregorian chants.
[Middle English, series of notes sung on one syllable, from Medieval Latin pneuma, from Greek, breath; see pneuma.]
neu·mat′ic (no͞o-măt′ĭk, nyo͞o-) adj.
(Classical Music) music one of a series of notational symbols used before the 14th century
[C15: from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath]
ˈneumic, neuˈmatic adj
any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the notation of Gregorian chant.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin neuma < Greek pneûma breath]
neu•mat′ic (-ˈmæt ɪk) adj.