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

Word History


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

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“Paraphonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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