noun apot·o·me \əˈpätə(ˌ)mē\

Definition of apotome



in Greek music

  1. :  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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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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