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

Word History


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

Note: See note at colotomy .

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colotomic was in 1934

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“Colotomic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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