Phrygian mode


: an ancient Greek mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a descending diatonic scale from D to D see greek mode
: an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of the piano by a diatonic scale from E to E with C as its tenor (see tenor entry 1 sense 2a) and E as its final (see final entry 2 sense c) see church mode illustration

Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Phrygian mode was in 1654

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“Phrygian mode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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