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 for semitone
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Semitone \Sem"i*tone\, n. [Pref. semi- + tone. CF. Hemitone.]
     Half a tone; -- the name commonly applied to the smaller
     intervals of the diatonic scale.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: There is an impropriety in the use of this word, and
           half step is now preferred. See Tone. --J. S. Dwight.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard
           instrument [syn: semitone, half step]

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