hexachord

[hek-suh-kawrd]
noun Music.
  1. a diatonic series of six tones having, in medieval music, a half step between the third and fourth tones and whole steps between the others.

Origin of hexachord

First recorded in 1685–95, hexachord is from the Late Greek word hexáchordos having six strings. See hexa-, chord1
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hexachord

noun
  1. (in medieval musical theory) any of three diatonic scales based upon C, F, and G, each consisting of six notes, from which solmization was developed
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