cantus

noun
can·tus | \ˈkan-təs \
plural cantus\ˈkan-təs, ˈkan-ˌtüs \

Definition of cantus 

2 : the principal melody or voice

First Known Use of cantus

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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