[kan-ti-kuh m]

noun, plural can·ti·ca [kan-ti-kuh] /ˈkæn tɪ kə/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cantica

Historical Examples of cantica

  • 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!

  • The 'Cantica,' or purely lyrical monologues, are much more frequent and much longer in his comedies than in those of Terence.