ped·​al-note ˈpe-dᵊl-ˌnōt How to pronounce pedal-note (audio)
: one of the lowest tones that can be sounded on a brass instrument being an octave below the normal usable range and representing the fundamental of the harmonic series

Word History


from the playing of the lowest notes on the organ by means of pedals

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pedal-note was circa 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Pedal-note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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