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noun 
  1. a vocal melody or instrumental passage in a smooth, lyrical style
  • 1964: He played a lazy tune that sinuated from C sharp down to G natural and back again. Astonishing that he could flute so lazy a while chasing nymphs. " Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus
Etymology: Italian or Latin cantilena.


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