[mi-liz-muh] /mɪˈlɪz mə/
noun, plural melismas, melismata
[mi-liz-muh-tuh] /mɪˈlɪz mə tə/ (Show IPA). Music.
an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in plainsong or blues singing.
noun (pl) -mata (-mətə), -mas
(music) an expressive vocal phrase or passage consisting of several notes sung to one syllable
1837, from Greek melisma “a song, an air, a tune, melody,” from melos “music, song, melody; musical phrase or member,” literally “limb,” from PIE *mel- “a limb.” Related: Melismatic.
[muh-lis-uh] /məˈlɪs ə/ noun 1. Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey. 2. Also, Melissie, Melissy [muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/ (Show IPA). a female given name. fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) “honeybee,” also “one of the priestesses of Delphi,” from PIE *melit-ya, suffixed form […]
noun See apiphobia
noun a fear of bees; also called apiphobia Word Origin Greek melissa ‘bee’
(Acts 27:28), an island in the Mediterranean, the modern Malta. Here the ship in which Paul was being conveyed a prisoner to Rome was wrecked. The bay in which it was wrecked now bears the name of “St. Paul’s Bay”, “a certain creek with a shore.” It is about 2 miles deep and 1 broad, […]