hemiola

hemiola

[hem-ee-oh-luh]
noun Music.
a rhythmic pattern of syncopated beats with two beats in the time of three or three beats in the time of two.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin hēmiolia < Greek hēmiolía the ratio of one and a half to one, feminine of hēmiolíos half as large again, equivalent to hēmi- hemi- + (h)ól(os) whole + -ios adj. suffix

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hemiola or hemiolia (ˌhɛmɪˈəʊlə)
 
n
music Also called: sesquialtera a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of three
 
[New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h)olos whole]
 
hemiolia or hemiolia
 
n
 
[New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h)olos whole]
 
hemiolic or hemiolia
 
adj

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