from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A sixty-fourth note.
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- n. a sixty-fourth note, drawn as a crotchet with four tails.
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"He told us that it was very important to know that the hemidemisemiquaver is the British name for the sixty-fourth note," the letter says.
Thus they call a double whole note a breve, a whole note a semibreve, a half note a minim, a quarter note a crotchet, an eighth note a quaver, a sixteenth note a semi-quaver, a thirty-second note a demisemiquaver, and a sixty-fourth note a hemidemisemiquaver, or semidemisemiquaver.
Only in the centuries-old organ world could a half-decade seem but a hemidemisemiquaver.
I win 840 grains of rice and learn the word hemidemisemiquaver.