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[kan-ti-kuh m] /ˈkæn tɪ kəm/
noun, plural cantica
[kan-ti-kuh] /ˈkæn tɪ kə/ (Show IPA)
part of an ancient Roman drama chanted or sung and accompanied by music.
Compare diverbium.
Origin of canticum
< Latin, equivalent to cant(us) song (see canto, chant) + -icum noun suffix; cf. -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then there is a commentary on the "cantica of Avicenna," and a tractate on the "Theriac."

  • But it may be questioned if this involves that the cantica was already finished.

  • Roman drama ran down to pantomime with explanatory recitation, that is, cantica.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Sonant melliflua hymnorum organa, suavissima angelorum melodia, cantica canticorum mira!

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The 'cantica,' or purely lyrical monologues, are much more frequent and much longer in his comedies than in those of Terence.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic William Young Sellar

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