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cantĭcum , i, n. cantus.
I. Lit., a song in the Roman comedy, sung by one person, and accompanied by music and dancing; a monody, solo: “nosti canticum (in Demiurgo Turpilii), meministi Roscium,Cic. Fam. 9, 22, 1: “agere,Liv. 7, 2, 9: “desaltare,Suet. Calig. 54: “histrio in cantico quodam,id. Ner. 39: “Neroniana,id. Vit. 11: “Atellanis notissimum canticum exorsis,id. Galb. 13.—
2. Esp. Canticum Canticorum, the Song of Songs, the Canticles, Vulg.—Hence,
B. A singing tone in the delivery of an orator, Cic. Or. 18, 57; Plin. Ep. 2, 14, 13; cf. Quint. 1, 8, 2; 11, 3, 13.—
III. A lampoon, a libellous song, Paul. Sent. 5, 4, 15; cf. App. Mag. 75, p. 322, 8.—
B. A magic formula, incantation, App. Mag. p. 301, 12.
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