from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of eight scales of medieval music, each distinguished by its ending note, its arrangement of pitches in intervals, and its range.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode


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