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1. A song or chant, especially a nonmetrical hymn with words taken from a biblical text other than from the book of Psalms.
2. Canticles Bible The Song of Songs.
[Middle English, from Latin canticulum, diminutive of cantus, song, from past participle of canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a nonmetrical hymn, derived from the Bible and used in the liturgy of certain Christian churches
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a song, poem, or hymn, esp one that is religious in character
[C13: from Latin canticulum, diminutive of canticus a song, from canere to sing]
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can•ti•cle(ˈkæn tɪ kəl)
one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
[1175–1225; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin canticulum, derivative of canticum song, derivative of cantus]
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