One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Music. A group of nine notes to be performed in the time of eight or six. rare.
2Each of nine siblings resulting from a single pregnancy. Usually in plural.
3Science. A multiplet of nine subatomic particles; an aggregate of nine components. rare.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From classical Latin nōnus ninth + -plet.
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