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mel·lif′lu·ent·ly adv.
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(məˈlɪf lu əs)

1. sweetly or smoothly flowing: a mellifluous voice.
2. sweetened with or as if with honey.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mellifluus= Latin melli- (s. of mel) honey + -fluus flowing]
mel•lif′lu•ous•ly, adv.
mel•lif′lu•ous•ness, n.
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