from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ornithology, a group of passerine perching birds, more or less nearly coextensive with Passeres, Cantores, or Oscines; the singing birds or songsters.
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Milan, after hearing one of these wandering _cantatores_ chanting the story of Roland's death with dramatic action and effect, went home weeping so bitterly that his wife and friends could hardly console him or induce him to dry his tears.
"ne guttura eorum et ora deo sanctificata polluantur cantilenis teatralibus turpibus et secularibus: et cum sint cantatores, provideant sibi notis convenientibus, secundum quod dictamina requirunt."
Edward I. "Nec dissimili ingenio Heraldi antiquiores, musicos et cantatores cygnis  donarunt.