noun, plural can·tus.
Origin of cantus
Examples from the Web for cantus
To cantus firmus c write third species mixed in the other three parts.
Six notes may be written to one of the cantus firmus, as in Fig. 52.
The motifs were often taken from the Cantus firmus itself, in a rhythmical, diminished form.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
To cantus firmus b write third species in one part and fourth in the other.
When writing second species in both parts no cantus firmus is used, both parts being original.