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[en-hahr-mon-ik] /ˌɛn hɑrˈmɒn ɪk/
adjective, Music.
having the same pitch in the tempered scale but written in different notation, as G sharp and A flat.
Origin of enharmonic
1590-1600; < Late Latin enharmonicus < Greek enarmónios (-icus replacing -ios), equivalent to en- en-1 + harmoní(a) harmony + -os adj. suffix
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enharmonically, adverb Unabridged
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adjective (music)
denoting or relating to a small difference in pitch between two notes such as A flat and G sharp: not present in instruments of equal temperament such as the piano, but significant in the intonation of stringed and wind instruments
denoting or relating to enharmonic modulation
Derived Forms
enharmonically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enarmonios, from en-² + harmonia; see harmony
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Word Origin and History for enharmonic

c.1600, from Late Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enharmonikos, from en (see en- (2)) + harmonikos (see harmonic).

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