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nounAncient Greek Music
The second highest note of the higher of two tetrachords; (in the Greater and Lesser Perfect systems) the second highest note of the two highest tetrachords and of the highest tetrachord respectively. Hence occasionally: the seventh string (counting from the bottom) of an eight-stringed lyre (now rare).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin paranētē the second highest note in certain tetrachords from ancient Greek παρανήτη (also in uncontracted form παρανεάτη) the string below the nete from παρα- + νήτη; originally via Middle French, French paranete.
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