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cantilena

cantilena

noun can·ti·le·na \ˌkan-tə-ˈlā-nə, -ˈlē-\

Definition of CANTILENA

:  a vocal or instrumental passage of sustained lyricism

Origin of CANTILENA

Italian, from Latin, song, from cantus
First Known Use: circa 1740

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