(liturgical). Scripture verses recited or sung after the Gradual* or as part of it or instead of the Hallelujah* on penitential days from Septuagesima to Holy Saturday (see Church Year, 3, 4, 16; Quadragesima), on ember days (see Quatember), and certain other occasions. The term is derived from the Lat. for drawn out, a tract being assigned to one voice without a break. See also Ambrosian Music.
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