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n. Music
A trill consisting of alternation between a written note and the note immediately above it. Also called inverted mordent.

[German : prallen, to rebound (alteration of Middle High German prellen) + Triller, trill (from Italian trillo, from trillare, to trill, probably of imitative origin).]
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1. (Classical Music) an ornament used in 18th-century music consisting of an inverted mordent with an added initial upper note
2. (Classical Music) another word for inverted mordent
[German: bouncing trill]
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