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cantilena

[kan-tl-ee-nuh] /ˌkæn tlˈi nə/
noun
1.
a simple, lyric, melodic passage for voice or instrument.
Origin of cantilena
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian < Latin cantilēna refrain, perhaps by dissimilation from *cantilēla, derivative of cantus song; see cant1
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cantilena

/ˌkæntɪˈleɪnə/
noun
1.
a smooth flowing style in the writing of vocal music
Word Origin
C18: Italian, from Latin cantilēna a song
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