- a poem consisting of four-line stanzas, each line having eight syllables.
Origin of cantar
< Spanish: song, poem (noun use of v. infinitive) < Latin cantāre to sing
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Examples from the Web for cantar
In Kanou it can be had for ten reals (Fezzan) the cantar; and in Yakoba, whence it is brought, for three reals.
Peutinger adds that the cantar is equal to 250 pounds, when in fact it is only a hundredweight.
Carobs are sold by the Aleppo cantar of 180 okes, and the normal price may be put at from 13s.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products</p>
Cf. the Cantar de mo Cid, where there is great irregularity in the number of syllables.Modern Spanish Lyrics