threnody "song of lamentation," 1630s, from Gk. threnodia, from threnos "dirge, lament," + oide "ode." Gk. threnos probably is from a PIE imitative root meaning "to murmur, hum;" Cf. O.E. dran "drone," Goth. drunjus "sound," Gk. tenthrene "a kind of wasp."

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