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 (kə-nôr′əs, kăn′ər-əs)
Richly melodious; tuneful: "Edward R. Murrow's canorous broadcasts of the blitz of London" (Newsweek).

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

ca·no′rous·ly adv.
ca·no′rous·ness n.
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rare tuneful; melodious
[C17: from Latin canōrus, from canere to sing]
caˈnorously adv
caˈnorousness n
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(kəˈnɔr əs, -ˈnoʊr-)

melodious; musical.
[1640–50; < Latin canōrus, derivative of canor song =can(ere) to sing + -or -or1; see -ous]
ca•no′rous•ly, adv.
ca•no′rous•ness, n.
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Adj.1.canorous - richly melodious
melodic, melodious, musical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark"
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