ondes musicales

noun, often capitalized O&M
ondes mu·​si·​cales | \ ōⁿdmᵫ̅zēkȧl \
variants: or ondes martenot \ ōⁿdmȧrtənō \
plural ondes musicales\ like singular \ or ondes martenot\ like singular \

Definition of ondes musicales

: a melodic electrophone capable of producing quarter tones and eighth tones

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History and Etymology for ondes musicales

ondes musicales from French, literally, musical waves; ondes martenot from French, literally, Martenot waves, after Maurice Martenot, born 1898 French musician, its inventor

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“Ondes musicales.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ondes%20musicales. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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