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pen·ta·ton·ic

 (pĕn′tə-tŏn′ĭk)
adj. Music
Of or using only five tones, usually the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth tones of a diatonic scale.
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Adj.1.pentatonic - relating to a pentatonic scale
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pentatonic

[ˌpentəˈtɒnɪk]
A. ADJpentatónico
B. CPD pentatonic scale Nescala f pentatónica
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pentatonic

adjpentatonisch; pentatonic scalefünfstufige Tonleiter
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