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[hem-ee-oh-luh] /ˌhɛm iˈoʊ lə/
noun, Music.
a rhythmic pattern of syncopated beats with two beats in the time of three or three beats in the time of two.
Origin of hemiola
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin hēmiolia < Greek hēmiolía the ratio of one and a half to one, feminine of hēmiolíos half as large again, equivalent to hēmi- hemi- + (h)ól(os) whole + -ios adj. suffix Unabridged
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(music) a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of three Also called sesquialtera
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hemiolic (ˌhɛmɪˈɒlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h)olos whole
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