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[te-truh-kawrd] /ˈtɛ trəˌkɔrd/
noun, Music.
a diatonic series of four tones, the first and last separated by a perfect fourth.
Origin of tetrachord
First recorded in 1595-1605, tetrachord is from the Greek word tetráchordos having four strings. See tetra-, chord1
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tetrachordal, adjective Unabridged
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(in musical theory, esp of classical Greece) any of several groups of four notes in descending order, in which the first and last notes form a perfect fourth
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tetrachordal, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek tetrakhordos four-stringed, from tetra- + khordē a string
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