apot·o·me | \əˈpätə(ˌ)mē\
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for apotome

Greek apotomē, literally, cutting off, from apotemnein to cut off, from apo- + temnein to cut

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