Definition of cantus
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Orthography ID = 1002092
1.
LEM
cantus, cantūs
1 CAN-
noun (m., 4th declension)
  1. a musical utterance, singing, song
  2. with instruments, a playing, music
  3. of birds and insects
  4. [especially] an oracular song, incantation, charm
Abbreviations
cantus ūs, m 1 CAN-, a musical utterance, singing, song: cantus vocum: Sirenum: cantu tremulo (i. e. voce anili), H.: cantu solata laborem, V.: in dicendo obscurior, musical play of voice.

— With instruments, a playing, music: vocum et nervorum: citharae, H.: tubarum, L.: strepuerunt cornua cantu, V.: bestiae cantu flectuntur, by music.

— Of birds and insects: avium citharaeque, H.: seros exercet noctua cantūs, V.: Cantūs luscinii, Ph.: gallorum, crowing: sub galli cantum, at cock-crow, H.: ales cantibus Evocat Auroram, O.: cantu rumpent arbusta cicadae, V.

—Esp., an oracular song, incantation, charm: veridicos edere cantūs, Ct.: cantūsque artesque magorum, O.: cantu commotae Umbrae, V.
 
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