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Music. The division of a long note into six equal parts; sextuple metre. rare and historical in later use.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin sextupla, feminine (as if in the expression *sextupla proportio sixfold proportion, though this is apparently not attested) of sextuplus sextuple. In use as noun after tripla.
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