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hexachord

[hek-suh-kawrd] /ˈhɛk səˌkɔrd/
noun, Music.
1.
a diatonic series of six tones having, in medieval music, a half step between the third and fourth tones and whole steps between the others.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Late Greek hexáchordos having six strings. See hexa-, chord1
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hexachord

/ˈhɛksəˌkɔːd/
noun
1.
(in medieval musical theory) any of three diatonic scales based upon C, F, and G, each consisting of six notes, from which solmization was developed
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