Hexachord meaning

hĕk'sə-kôrd'
A sequence of six tones with a semitone in the middle, the others being whole tones, that was used in medieval music.
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In medieval music, a diatonic scale of six tones, with a semitone between the third and the fourth.
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(music) A series of six tones denoted with the syllables ut-re-mi-fa-sol-la separated by seconds, the only of which that is a minor second being mi-fa.
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Origin of hexachord

  • Medieval Latin hexachordum from Latin hexachordos having six strings or stops Greek hexa- hexa- Greek -khordos string, note (from khordē cord)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition