shape note

shape note
noun
: one of a system of seven notes showing the musical scale degree by the shape of the note head — called also buckwheat note, character note, patent note

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a musical note in which the degree of the scale is indicated by the shape of the note's head. Also called buckwheat note.
[1930-35, Amer.]

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