hexachord

hexachord

[hek-suh-kawrd]
noun Music.
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:
1685–95; < Late Greek hexáchordos having six strings. See hexa-, chord1

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hexachord (ˈhɛksəˌkɔːd)
 
n
(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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