Hypolydian mode


Hy·​po·​lydian mode
: an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from F to F see greek mode
: a plagal church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from C to C with A as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a)and F as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) see church mode illustration

Word History


Late Latin hypolydius hypolydian (from Greek hypolydios, from hypo- + lydios Lydian) + English -an; hypolydian mode, translation of Greek hypolydios tonos

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hypolydian mode was in 1712

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“Hypolydian mode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypolydian%20mode. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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