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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: octava, from Latin octo 'eight'; because there are eight notes in the range

octave

noun
     
oc‧tave [countable]
a) APM the range of musical notes between the first note of a scale and the last one
b) APM the first and last notes of a musical scale played together
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