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n. pl. mon·o·dies
1. An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama.
2. A poem in which the poet or speaker mourns another's death.
3. Music
a. A style of composition dominated by a single melodic line.
b. A style of composition having a single melodic line; monophony.
c. A composition in either of these styles.

[Late Latin monōdia, from Greek monōidiā : mono-, mono- + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·nod′ic (mə-nŏd′ĭk), mo·nod′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
mo·nod′i·cal·ly adv.
mon′o·dist (mŏn′ə-dĭst) n.
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