[ mon-uh-kawrd ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌkɔrd /


an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box, usually with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.

Origin of monochord

1375–1425; late Middle English monocorde < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, noun use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈmɒnəʊˌkɔːd) /


an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of woodAlso called: sonometer (səˈnɒmɪtə)

Word Origin for monochord

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string
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