Hypoionian mode

noun Hy·po·ionian mode \"+...-\

Definition of Hypoionian mode

  1. :  a Renaissance church mode represented as a scale from G to G on the white keys of the piano with E as its tenor (see 1tenor 2a)and C as its final (see 2final c) — see church mode illustration

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Origin and Etymology of hypoionian mode

hypo- + Latin ionius Ionian + English -an — more at ionian

First Known Use: 1760

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a brief usually trivial fact

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