Scotch snap

noun

Definition of Scotch snap

: a rhythmic figure that consists of a sixteenth note on the beat followed by a dotted eighth note

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First Known Use of Scotch snap

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Scotch snap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Scotch%20snap. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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