One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In ancient Greek drama: the first ode sung by the chorus after its entrance.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William T. Brande (1788–1866), chemist. From ancient Greek πάροδος entrance, appearance, passing, passage, entrance from the side, especially that of the chorus into the orchestra, also the first song sung after entrance from παρα- + ὁδός way.
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