- a scale having five tones to an octave, as one having intervals that correspond to the five black keys of a piano octave.
Origin of pentatonic scale
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- music any of several scales consisting of five notes, the most commonly encountered one being composed of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth degrees of the major diatonic scale
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