In music notation, a whole note represents four beats and is represented by an open circle with no stem. It is so named because it lasts for the duration of a whole measure in common time. Also called a semibreve.

A series of whole notes on the staff looks something like this:

---| /-----------------------------------------------------
  /|            O           O                              
|  |  |                                                    
 \ |  |                                                    

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