Definition of apotome
in Greek music
: the interval of a semitone in the Pythagorean scale that is slightly greater than half a whole tone and is equal to the difference between the tetrachord and two whole tones
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Origin and Etymology of apotome
Greek apotomē, literally, cutting off, from apotemnein to cut off, from apo- + temnein to cut — more at tome
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