Definition of mordent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mordent

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmɔːdənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrdənt//
 
(music)
 
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a musical decoration in which either the note above or below is played as well as the written note Word Origin early 19th cent.: via German from Italian mordente, present participle of mordere ‘to bite’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mordent