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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“Apotome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apotome. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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