cantillation

/ (ˌkæntɪˈleɪʃən) /

noun

the traditional notation representing the various traditional Jewish melodies to which scriptural passages are chanted
chanting or intonation

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Example sentences from the Web for cantillation

  • The feature that most interests us is the singing, or cantillation, of the oli.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii|Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • They guide the modulated flow of the voice in cantillation, thus serving, in a certain sense, as musical notes.

  • The cantillation of the mele was in the distinct and quiet tone and manner which the Hawaiians termed ko'i-honua.

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii|Nathaniel Bright Emerson