heterophony

noun
het·er·oph·o·ny | \ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-fə-nē \
plural heterophonies

Definition of heterophony 

: independent variation on a single melody by two or more voices

First Known Use of heterophony

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterophony

Greek heterophōnia diversity of note, from heter- + -phōnia -phony

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