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 for Polyphony
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polyphony \Po*lyph"o*ny\, n. [Gr. ?.]
     1. Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Plurality of sounds and articulations expressed by the
        same vocal sign.
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     3. (Mus.) Composition in mutually related, equally important
        parts which share the melody among them; contrapuntal
        composition; -- opposed to homophony, in which the melody
        is given to one part only, the others filling out the
        harmony. See Counterpoint.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
           [syn: polyphony, polyphonic music, concerted music]
           [ant: monody, monophonic music, monophony]

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