from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the anc. Rom. drama, any passage declaimed or recited by the actors without musical accompaniment or singing; the dialogue, or a scene in dialogue: opposed to canticum. The diverbia are generally composed in iambic trimeters (senarii).
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_canticum_ or song proper, recitative, and _diverbium_ or spoken utterance , with the incidental accompaniment of the _tibia_.