Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In musical theory, a group of twelve tones, having precise acoustical relations with one another, arranged so as to explain and correct problems in harmony and modulation.

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  • noun music A schematic group of twelve notes.
  • noun rare A group of twelve.

Etymologies

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From mediaeval Latin duodena ‘dozen’, from duodeni.

Examples

  • A duodene of birdnotes chirruped bright treble answer under sensitive hands.

    Ulysses

  • A duodene of birdnotes chirruped bright treble answer under sensitive hands.

    Ulysses

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  • A duodene of birdnotes chirruped bright treble answer under sensitive hands.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 11

    ... twelve notes?

    January 7, 2007