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diatessaron

[dahy-uh-tes-er-uh n] /ˌdaɪ əˈtɛs ər ən/
noun
1.
a combining of the four Gospels of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) into a single narrative.
2.
(in ancient Greek music) the interval of a fourth.
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diatessarial [dahy-uh-te-sair-ee-uh l] /ˌdaɪ ə tɛˈsɛər i əl/ (Show IPA), adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diatessarial

diatessaron

/ˌdaɪəˈtɛsəˌrɒn/
noun
1.
(music) (in classical Greece) the interval of a perfect fourth
2.
a conflation of the four Gospels into a single continuous narrative
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin, from Greek dia tessarōn khordōn sumphōnia concord through four notes, from dia through + tessares four
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Word Origin and History for diatessarial

diatessaron

n.

late 14c. as a term in music meaning "interval of a fourth;" 1803 in reference to harmonizings of the gospels, especially that of Tatian (2c.), from Greek dia tessaron, from dia "composed of" (literally "through;" see dia-) + tessaron "four," related to tessares (see four).

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