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Latin canticum (chant, song)


canticum (plural cantica)

  1. A canticle.
  2. A part song in an ancient play.



cantus (song, chant, singing, incantation) +‎ -icus (suffix forming neuter nouns)



canticum n (genitive canticī); second declension

  1. song
  2. passage in a comedy chanted or sung
  3. sing-song voice
  4. lampoon or libelous song
  5. incantation or magic formula


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative canticum cantica
Genitive canticī canticōrum
Dative canticō canticīs
Accusative canticum cantica
Ablative canticō canticīs
Vocative canticum cantica

Derived terms[edit]



  • canticum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • canticum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • canticum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • canticum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a choric ode in a tragedy: carmen chori, canticum
    • a choric ode: canticum
  • canticum”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898), Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • canticum”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • Meyer-Lübke, Wilhelm (1911) “canticum”, in Romanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), page 125
  • Walther von Wartburg (1928–2002) “canticum”, in Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume 2: C Q K, page 234