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(of a church mode) containing notes between the dominant and the note an octave higher, having the final in the middle.Compare with authentic
- ‘The structure of authentic and plagal Modes was explained, and examples given of melodies formed on them.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin plagalis, from plaga plagal mode from Latin plagius, from medieval Greek plagios (hēkhos) plagal (mode) from Greek plagos side.
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