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  • adjective Richly melodious; tuneful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Musical; tuneful.

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  • adjective Melodious; musical.

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  • adjective melodious
  • adjective resonant

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  • adjective richly melodious


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[From Latin canōrus, from canor, tune, from canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin canōrus.


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  • The hopeless, huddled attitude of tramps in doorways; the flinching gait of barefoot children on the icy pavement; the sheen of the rainy streets towards afternoon; the meagreanatomy of the poor defined by the clinging of wet garments; the high canorous note of the

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers 2005

  • The dull life at Oxford was varied by the occasional visit of a mesmeric lecturer; and one youth caused peals of canorous laughter by walking round in a pretended mesmeric sleep and kissing the pretty daughters of the dons.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton 2003

  • The groom was in the utmost alarm, both on his own account and on mine, but, in spite of this, so irresistibly had the sense of the ludicrous in this unhappy contretemps taken possession of his fancy, that he sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter, that might have wakened the Seven Sleepers.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 2003

  • Have you a friend in the army, especially one who sings occasionally, or if he be not canorous, say a friend who likes to read songs and hear them sung by others?

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy Various

  • The language, which is derived chiefly from Latin, is thence in such a way derived as to have lost the regularity and stateliness of its ancient original, without having compensated itself with any richness and sweetness of sound peculiarly its own; like, for instance, that canorous vowel quality of its sister derivative, the Italian.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • We presume that there was nothing whatever to have prevented him from concocting as many ballads as he chose; or from engaging, as engines of popular promulgation, the ancestors of those unshaven and raucous gentlemen, to whose canorous mercies we are wont, in times of political excitement, to intrust our own personal and patriotic ditties.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847 Various

  • In a twinkling his rifle was at his shoulder, and through the wild canorous note of the wind, Stane caught his hail.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns

  • Yet here and there, through the ghostly twilight, comes the sound of some clear voice that has defied the courses of the years and the mutations of taste; and we hear the rich canorous tones of Gluck, not, perhaps, with all the vigour and the passion that once was theirs, but with the mellowed splendour given by the touch of time.

    Among the Great Masters of Music Scenes in the Lives of Famous Musicians Walter Rowlands

  • She would solicit thus, canorous of phrase, a fan of her cardboard likenesses held out, invitational.

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It Fannie Hurst 1928

  • But the other Paris, the Paris of the canorous night, the Paris of the

    Europe After 8:15 George Jean Nathan 1920


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    January 15, 2012

  • "Entre nous, her exuberant flaunting, her canorous bays, are they not in fact . . . symphonies?"

    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 16

    September 16, 2013