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cantabile flowing and songlike; lyrical (used as a musical direction). [2 definitions]
cantaloupe any of several varieties of melon, esp. muskmelons, usu. having a hard, rough, ridged skin and orange flesh.
cantankerous irritable, stubborn, and quarrelsome.
cantata a musical composition for chorus, soloists, and instruments, based on a sacred text, poem, or play, and similar to but shorter than an oratorio.
cantatrice (Italian and French) a professional female singer.
canteen a small portable container, usu. for water; flask. [3 definitions]
canter a horse's gait between a trot and a gallop. [2 definitions]
Canterbury bells (used with a sing. or pl. verb) a plant of the bellflower family, cultivated for its blue, pink, or white flowers.
cantharides see "Spanish fly."
cant hook a blunt-tipped wooden lever with a movable metal hook near the lower end, used in handling logs; peavey.
canthus the angle formed at either side of the eye at the juncture of the upper and lower eyelids.
canticle a song or chant, esp. a nonmetrical hymn of worship with words taken from a Biblical text.
Canticle of Canticles in the Douay Bible, the Song of Songs; Song of Solomon.
cantilena a simple lyrical passage in vocal or instrumental music.
cantilever a rigid structural member, as of a bridge, fastened at or near one of its ends to a vertical support and projecting horizontally, usu. a great length, from it. [4 definitions]
cantilever bridge a bridge consisting of two beams or cantilevers that project toward each other and are joined to form a span.
cantina in Mexico and the southwestern United States, a saloon or bar.
cantle the rear supporting part of a saddle, usu. curved upward. [2 definitions]
canto a main division of a long poem.
Canton see "Guangzhou."
canton a political division of a country, such as one of the states of Switzerland or a subdivision of an arrondissement in France. [3 definitions]