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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Definitions for hemidemisemiquaver

  1. Music. Chiefly British. a sixty-fourth note.

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Citations for hemidemisemiquaver
Their gaiety consisted of ruling staves and copying a borrowed duet filled with hemidemisemiquavers. Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander, 1969
Anything could follow, a hemidemisemiquaver or a whole note; and the translator was charged with interpreting the score. Ward Just, The Translator, 1991
Origin of hemidemisemiquaver
Hemidemisemiquaver entered English in the mid-1800s, as an extension of demisemiquave, a thirty-second note. A quaver is chiefly British word for an eighth note.