One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of six notes of equal length, to be played in the time of a smaller number of notes of the same kind, typically four, and usually designated by a figure 6.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From French sextolet from classical Latin sextus sixth + French -olet (in triolet).
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