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Auxiliary tone

a melodic ornamental tone following a principal tone by a step above or below and returning to the principal tone; embellishment.
Historical Examples

Yes,” she said, in an auxiliary tone, “Reuben always was such a hot man.
Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy


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