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addaword.gifdefinition of cantilena

noun
a passage of music that flows very smoothly and is very lyrical
The ice crystals glistening in the March sunlight and their disappearance when the sun's smile is sweetest inspires him to a cantilena which in some respects anticipates the adagio of the Violin Concerto.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 25/01/2013 11:22:00
Definition of cantilena from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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