- 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
Cf. the Cantar de mo Cid, where there is great irregularity in the number of syllables.Modern Spanish Lyrics