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(Music, other) music a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of three. Also called: sesquialtera
[New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h)olos whole]
hem•i•o•la(ˌhɛm iˈoʊ lə)
n., pl. -las.
a musical rhythmic pattern of syncopated beats with two beats in the time of three or three beats in the time of two.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin hēmiolia < Greek hēmiolía the ratio of one and a half to one, feminine of hēmiolíos half as large again]