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noun Music.
  1. the simultaneous performance of the same melodic line, with slight individual variations, by two or more performers.
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Origin of heterophony

First recorded in 1940–45; hetero- + -phony
Related formshet·er·o·phon·ic [het-er-uh-fon-ik] /ˌhɛt ər əˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heterophonic


  1. the simultaneous performance of different versions of the same melody by different voices or instruments
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