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in•ci•pit



Pronunciation: (in'si-pit; Lat. ing'ki-pit), [key]
n.
1. the introductory words or opening phrases in the text of a medieval manuscript or an early printed book.
2. Music.the first words of a chanted liturgical text, as that of a Gregorian chant or certain medieval motets.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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