[sem-ee-breev, -brev, sem-ahy-]
noun (Music chiefly British)
a note half the length of a breve; whole note.

1585–95; semi- + breve Unabridged
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semibreve (ˈsɛmɪˌbriːv)
music See also breve Usual US and Canadian name: whole note a note, now the longest in common use, having a time value that may be divided by any power of 2 to give all other notes

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