Hypolocrian mode

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Definition of Hypolocrian mode

: a hypothetical Renaissance church mode represented as a scale from F to F on the white keys of the piano with E as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a)and B as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) — see church mode illustration

First Known Use of Hypolocrian mode

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Hypolocrian mode

hypo- + locrian

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The first known use of Hypolocrian mode was circa 1903

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“Hypolocrian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypolocrian%20mode. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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