Definition of ondes musicales
ondes musicales\like singular\ or
ondes martenot\like singular\
: a melodic electrophone capable of producing quarter tones and eighth tones
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Origin and Etymology of 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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