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canorous

audio pronunciation
March 24, 2013
adjective
\kuh-NOR-us\
Definition
: pleasant sounding : melodious
Examples
A canorous chorus of birdsong filled the morning air.

"The album features fast and brooding melodies … and standout canorous piano and clean guitar moments…." — From a post by Caroline Jensen at Rock Edition, February 6, 2013
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Did You Know?
In Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), the essayist Thomas de Quincey describes a manservant who, after accidentally letting a loaded trunk fall down a flight of stairs, "sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter." "Canorous" typically describes things, such as church choirs or birds in the spring, that are a pleasure to listen to. It derives from the Latin verb "canere" ("to sing"), a root it shares with a number of words that evoke what is sweet to the ear, such as "chant," "canticle," "cantor" (a leader of a choir), "carmen" (a song, poem, or incantation) and even "accent."

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