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Cantar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cantar A liquid measure in Spain, ranging from two and a half to four gallons.
    • Cantar A weight used in southern Europe and East for heavy articles. It varies in different localities; thus, at Rome it is nearly 75 pounds, in Sardinia nearly 94 pounds, in Cairo it is 95 pounds, in Syria about 503 pounds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cantar An Arabian and Turkish unit of weight, a hundred rotls or pounds. Many different rotls are in use in Mohammedan countries, for different commodities, and each has its cantar. The cantar thus has all values from 98.05 pounds avoirdupois (the government cantar of Alexandria) to 880 pounds (the great cantar of Aleppo). The cantar of Constantinople is 124.65 pounds, that of Smyrna 127.43 pounds; that of the calif Almamun (a. d. 813-33) was 103.4 pounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cantar kan′tär a Turkish weight of 100 rotls or pounds.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. cantaro,in sense 1), Sp. cantaro,in sense 2)

Usage

In literature:

They are 'Arcades ambo et cantare pares et respondere parati.
"Euthydemus" by Plato
Who would have looked for it under the Italian word cantare?
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Res est blanda canor, discant cantare puellae pro facie, &c. Ovid.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
The word Cant is rather from 'cantare', as a chanting whine, than from the Andrew Cants, father and son, of Charles the Second's time.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
These forms are evidently made up of the Latin infinitive cantare, depending on habeo ("I have to sing").
"The Common People of Ancient Rome" by Frank Frost Abbott
Last year a thousand cantars were brought, from the country of the Tibboos and from Aheer.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
Et cantare pares, et respondere parati.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Sole oriente, aves cantare inceperunt.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
In Kanou it can be had for ten reals (Fezzan) the cantar; and in Yakoba, whence it is brought, for three reals.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Angusta cantare licet videaris avena, dum tua multorum vincat avena tubas.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
And Cantar-las-horas; have you heard him?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
All' inferno a cantar!
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
As in France, so in Spain, degeneration overtook the cantares de gesta.
"Legends & Romances of Spain" by Lewis Spence
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In poetry:

Una vecchia magrissima e grinzosa
S'era posta a seder sovra le bare,
Ed io l'udia cantare
Una canzon con voce cavernosa.
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Cantarai d'aquestz trobadors
que canton de maintas colors
e.l pieier cuida dir mout gen;
mas a cantar lor er aillors
q'entrametre.n vei cen pastors
c'us non sap qe.s mont'o.s dissen.
"Cantarai d'aquest trobadors" by Bernard De Ventadorn

In news:

Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers deliver musical gifts.
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