oc·​ta·​ton·​ic | \ ˌäk-tə-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce octatonic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly octotonic

Definition of octatonic

: 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 scale

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octatonicism \ ˌäk-​tə-​ˈtä-​nə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce octatonic (audio) \ noun

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Octatonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octatonic. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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