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  1. of or relating to the epistle or liturgical south side of a church (opposed to cantoris).
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Origin of decani

1750–60; < Medieval Latin decānī of the dean (genitive of decānus); see dean1
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Examples from the Web for decani

Historical Examples

  • It appears, however, that the Egyptian astronomer divided the zodiac into twenty-four decani, or constellations.

    A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)

    Henry Smith Williams

  • The north side is in consequence the Decani side, and the Cantoris side is on the south.

  • Each sign of the Zodiac was considered to have three decani, occurring at intervals of ten days.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus

    Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

  • In this kingdom of Decani there are many great cities, and many other towns within the country inhabited by Moors and Gentiles.

  • Lewis's place was midway on the bench on the decani side, seven boys being above him and seven below him.

British Dictionary definitions for decani


adjective, adverb
  1. music to be sung by the decanal side of a choirCompare cantoris
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Word Origin

Latin: genitive of decānus
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