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A note lying in the register above the acute register; the range or register containing these notes.
1Very or excessively acute.
2Early Music. Of a note: lying in the register above the acute register. Compare superacute. Now historical.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Treatise Enformacione & Musyke. From post-classical Latin superacuta, use as noun (short for nota superacuta superacute note) of feminine of superacutus from classical Latin super- + acūtus<br>late 17th century; earliest use found in Vincent Alsop (bap. 1630, d. 1703), clergyman and ejected minister. From super- + acute.
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