paraphonia

noun
para·​pho·​nia | \ ˌparəˈfōnēə \
plural paraphonias\ -​eəz \ also paraphoniae\ -​nēˌē \

Definition of paraphonia

1 in Greek & medieval musical theory : a consonance or joint melodic progression of fourths and fifths
2 plural paraphonias [New Latin, from para- entry 1 + -phonia -phony] : abnormal change of voice

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History and Etymology for paraphonia

Greek paraphōnia, from paraphōnos sounding beside (from para- para- entry 1 + phōnē sound) + -ia -y

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“Paraphonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paraphonia. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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