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1. The scientific study of music, especially traditional or non-Western music, as an aspect of culture.
2. The comparative study of music of different cultures.

eth′no·mu′si·co·log′i·cal (-kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
eth′no·mu′si·col′o·gist n.


(Music, other) the study of the music of different cultures
ˌethnomusiˈcologist n


(ˌɛθ noʊˌmyu zɪˈkɒl ə dʒi)

the study of folk or native music, esp. of non-Western cultures, and its relationship to the society to which it belongs.
eth`no•mu`si•co•log′i•cal (-kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
eth`no•mu`si•col′o•gist, n.


1. the study of the music of a particular region or people from the viewpoint of its social or cultural implications.
2. the comparative study of the music of more than one such region or people. — ethnomusicologist, n.
See also: Music


[ˌeθnəʊmjuːzɪˈkɒlədʒɪ] Netnomusicología f
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