tonal

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

tone +‎ -al

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

AdjectiveEdit

tonal (comparative more tonal, superlative most tonal)

  1. Of or relating to tones or tonality.
  2. (music) Employing tones that have a predictable relationship to some tonic.
  3. (linguistics) Employing differences in pitch (tones) to distinguish differences in the meaning of otherwise similar words (words which would otherwise be homophonic).
TranslationsEdit
AntonymsEdit
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Nahuatl tōnalli (day, day sign)

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

tonal (plural tonals)

  1. (in Mesoamerican mythology) An animal companion which accompanies a person from birth to death.
    • 1989, Robert Bartley Taylor, Indians of Middle America: an introduction to the ethnology of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, page 122:
      When a tonal suffers misfortune or death, the same thing happens to the person associated with it.
See alsoEdit

AnagramsEdit

Last modified on 7 October 2013, at 08:53