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di- +‎ chord


dichord (plural dichords)

  1. (music) A chord with two notes.
    • 1981, Robert Fink, The Origin of Music: A Theory of the Universal Development of Music:
      This in turn may lead to splitting the final note of the song into a dichord without the necessary existence of overlapping, but the dichord may be an interval of any kind, since it is melodically formed.
  2. A musical instrument that has two sets of strings.
    • 1991, Cecil Adkins, A trumpet by any other name: a history of the trumpet marine:
      Many modern instrument collections contain instruments shaped like eighteenth-century trumpet marines, but which might better be described as dichords equipped with common string instrument bridges so as to be played as basses.
  3. An ancient two-stringed lute.