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pentatonism

[pen-tuh-toh-niz-uh m, -to-] /ˈpɛn tə toʊˌnɪz əm, -tɒ-/
noun, Music.
1.
the use of a five-tone scale.
Also, pentatonicism
[pen-tuh-ton-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌpɛn təˈtɒn əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; pentaton(ic) + -ism
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