col·​o·​tom·​ic | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈtä-mik How to pronounce colotomic (audio) \

Definition of colotomic

: of or relating to the use of specific instruments to mark off established time intervals especially in traditional Indonesian music As in Java, the rhythmic structure of Balinese gamelan pieces is manifest in a colotomic framework played on various sizes of gongs.— Henry Spiller, Gamelan, 2004

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First Known Use of colotomic

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colotomic

colotom(y) + -ic entry 1, after Dutch colotomisch

Note: See note at colotomy .

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“Colotomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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