a scale or key in which the third degree is a minor third above the tonic.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of minor mode
First recorded in 1770–80
Words nearby minor mode
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British Dictionary definitions for minor mode
music any arrangement of notes present in or characteristic of a minor scale or key
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