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

  Diatonic \Di`a*ton"ic\ (d[imac]`[.a]*t[o^]n"[i^]k), a. [L.
     diatonicus, diatonus, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to stretch out; dia`
     through + ? to stretch: cf. F. diatonique. See Tone.]
     Pertaining to the scale of eight tones, the eighth of which
     is the octave of the first.
     [1913 Webster]
     Diatonic scale (Mus.), a scale consisting of eight sounds
        with seven intervals, of which two are semitones and five
        are whole tones; a modern major or minor scale, as
        distinguished from the chromatic scale.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of
             5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals
             [ant: chromatic]
      2: based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the
         major or minor scales of western music

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