octachord

[ok-tuh-kawrd]

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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octachord

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