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What is a Wolf Tone?

wolf tone - (noun) 

(music) A wolf tone or wolf note; an unpleasant tone produced when a note matches the natural resonating frequency of the body of a musical instrument, the quality of which may be likened to the howl of a wolf.

This cello has a terrible wolf on the D string around 'F'.

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[German; from the howling sound]

a (1) :dissonance in some chords on organs, pianos, or other instruments with fixed tones tuned by unequal temperament  (2) :an instance of such dissonance

b :a harshness due to faulty vibration in various tones in a bowed instrument

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