can·ta·bi·le (kän-täbĭ-lā′) Music
adv. & adj.
In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction.
A cantabile passage or movement.
[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, worthy to be sung, from Latin cantāre, to sing; see kan- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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