short octave

noun

Definition of short octave

: an incomplete lowest octave in an organ or keyboard musical instrument having certain seldom used tones omitted and tuned according to those tones most frequently used

called also broken octave

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“Short octave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short%20octave. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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