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From Ancient Greek [Term?] (seven-stringed), from Ancient Greek [Term?] (seven) + Ancient Greek [Term?] (chord). Compare French heptacorde. See seven and chord.


heptachord (plural heptachords)

  1. (music) A system of seven sounds.
  2. (music) A lyre with seven chords.
  3. (poetry) A composition sung to the sound of seven chords or tones.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Moore (Encyc. of Music) to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for heptachord in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)