Pronunciation: (in'si-pit; Lat. ing'ki-pit), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/incipit.html on line 73 [key]
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.
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