octatonic

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adjective oc·ta·ton·ic \ˌäk-tə-ˈtä-nik\
variants: less commonly

octotonic

Definition of octatonic

  1. :  relating to or employing an eight-note scale made up of alternating semitones and whole tones … a French sixth chord, which contains two tritones, acts as a nexus between the whole-tone scale, which contains three, and the octatonic scale, which contains four. — Richard Taruskin, Music in the Early Twentieth Century, 2009 — see {h,7}scale illustration

octatonicism

\ˌäk-tə-ˈtä-nə-ˌsi-zəm\ play noun

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First Known Use of octatonic

1963


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