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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Definitions for canorous

  1. Richly melodious; pleasant sounding; musical.

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Citations for canorous
I felt a deep contentment listening to the meadowlark's complex melody as he sat on his bragging post calling for a mate, and the soft canorous whistle of the bobwhite as he whistled his name with intermittent lulls. Donna R. La Plante, Kansas City Star
But birds that are canorous and whose notes we most commend, are of little throats, and short necks, as Nightingales, Finches, Linnets, Canary birds and Larks. Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
Origin of canorous
Canorous comes from the Latin canor, "melody," from canere, "to sing." It is related to chant, from French chanter, "to sing," ultimately from Latin canere.