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octachord

[ ok-tuh-kawrd ]

noun

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


octachord

/ ˈɒktəˌkɔːd /

noun

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


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Other Words From

  • octa·chordal adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of octachord1

First recorded in 1750–60, octachord is from the Greek word oktáchordos having eight strings. See octa-, chord 1
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Example Sentences

Octachord, ok′ta-kord, n. a musical instrument with eight strings: a diatonic series of eight tones.

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