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semiquaver

[sem-ee-kwey-ver] /ˈsɛm iˌkweɪ vər/
noun, Music (chiefly British)
1.
a sixteenth note.
Also called demiquaver.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; semi- + quaver
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British Dictionary definitions for semiquaver

semiquaver

/ˈsɛmɪˌkweɪvə/
noun
1.
(music) a note having the time value of one-sixteenth of a semibreve Usual US and Canadian name sixteenth note
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Word Origin and History for semiquaver
n.

"sixteenth-note," 1570s, from semi- + quaver (n.).

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