combination tone

noun

variants or less commonly combination note
: a subjective tone heard by many observers when two pure tones of widely different frequency are sounded together and thought to be due to the fact that the human ear does not in general give a linear response to sound waves compare aural harmonic, difference tone, summation tone

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“Combination tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/combination%20tone. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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