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hemiola

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noun hemi·o·la \ˌhe-mē-ˈō-lə\

Definition of hemiola

  1. :  a musical rhythmic alteration in which six equal notes may be heard as two groups of three or three groups of two



Origin of hemiola

Late Latin hemiolia, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one and a half to one, from hēmi- + holos whole — more at safe


First Known Use: circa 1934


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