Definition of cantiga
: a Portuguese or Spanish folk song usually having love or religion as its theme
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Origin and Etymology of cantiga
Spanish & Portuguese; Spanish, probably from Portuguese, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish canim I sing; akin to Latin canere to sing — more at chant
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