from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A male singer.
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Abrornis cantator (_Tick.), Hume, Rough Draft N. & E. _ no.
Now in ancient French the nom., corresponding to _cantator_, is
G----, he wound up with a joke, saying: -- "Here is a cantator;" a conventional word recalling some buffooneries in a play, and which signified: -- "Here is a fine sentence!"