octachord

[ ok-tuh-kawrd ]
/ ˈɒk təˌkɔrd /
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noun

any musical instrument with eight strings.
a diatonic series of eight tones.

Nearby words

  1. oct,
  2. oct-,
  3. oct.,
  4. octa,
  5. octa-,
  6. octad,
  7. octadecanoic acid,
  8. octagon,
  9. octagon house,
  10. octagon scale

Origin of octachord

First recorded in 1750–60, octachord is from the Greek word oktáchordos having eight strings. See octa-, chord1

Related formsoc·ta·chor·dal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for octachord

octachord

/ (ˈɒktəˌkɔːd) /

noun

an eight-stringed musical instrument
a series of eight notes, esp a scale
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