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

  • noun The C clef positioned to indicate that the fourth line from the bottom of a staff represents the pitch of middle C.

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  • noun music a musical clef that is higher than the bass clef and lower than the alto clef where the A that is a third lower than middle C is the center line

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  • noun a clef that puts middle C on the fourth line of the staff; used for writing music for bassoons or cellos or tenor horns


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