Definition of Pentatonic

1. Adjective. Relating to a pentatonic scale.

Derivative terms: Pentatone
Partainyms: Pentatonic Scale



Definition of Pentatonic

1. Adjective. (music) Based on five tones. ¹

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Definition of Pentatonic

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pentatonic

pentastyle
pentasulfide
pentasulfides
pentasulphide
pentasulphides
pentasyllabic
pentateuchal
pentathionic
pentathionic acid
pentathiophene
pentathlete
pentathletes
pentathlon
pentathlons
pentatomic
pentatonic (current term)
pentatonic scale
pentatonic scales
pentatriacontane
pentatriacontanoic
pentatriacontanoic acid
pentatriene
pentatrienes
pentavalent
pentavalent gas gangrene antitoxin
pentaxin
pentaxins
pentazocine
pentazocines
pentazole

Literary usage of Pentatonic

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1. Afro-American Folksongs: A Study in Racial and National Music by Henry Edward Krehbiel (1914)
"Fourth and seventh are the tones which are lacking in the pentatonic scale, and the songs without one or the other of them approach the pentatonic songs in ..."

2. Music (1894)
"An example of such a transformation of an originally pentatonic melody into one of ... But whether the latter has itself been developed from some pentatonic ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1907)
"pentatonic SCALE. The name given to an early tonality of very imperfect construction, but extremely beautiful in its aesthetic aspect, and peculiar to a ..."

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