pentatonism

[pen-tuh-toh-niz-uh m, -to-]

noun Music.

the use of a five-tone scale.

Nearby words

  1. pentateuch,
  2. pentathlete,
  3. pentathlon,
  4. pentatomic,
  5. pentatonic scale,
  6. pentavalent,
  7. pentazocine,
  8. pentecost,
  9. pentecostal,
  10. pentecostarion

Also pen·ta·ton·i·cism [pen-tuh-ton-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌpɛn təˈtɒn əˌsɪz əm/.

Origin of pentatonism

1965–70; pentaton(ic) + -ism

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