canto

[ kan-toh ]
/ ˈkæn toʊ /

noun, plural can·tos.

one of the main or larger divisions of a long poem.

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Origin of canto

1580–90; <Italian <Latin cant(us) singing, song, equivalent to can(ere) to sing + -tus suffix of v. action; cf. cant1, chant
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British Dictionary definitions for canto

canto
/ (ˈkæntəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

music another word for cantus (def. 2)
a main division of a long poem

Word Origin for canto

C16: from Italian: song, from Latin cantus, from canere to sing
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