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any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the musical notation of the Middle Ages but now employed solely in the notation of Gregorian chant in the liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church.

The word originated from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath.

The earliest form of notation of which we have any knowledge is called the neume notation.

How Music Developed W. J. Henderson