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  • a chant, hymn or song, especially a nonmetrical one, with words from a biblical text
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

CANTICLE. A parish clerk.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Can"ti*cle (?), n.; pl. Canticles (#). [L. canticulum a little song, dim. of canticum song, fr. cantus a singing, fr. coner to sing. See Chant.] 1. A song; esp. a little song or hymn. [Obs.] Bacon.

2. pl. The Song of Songs or Song of Solomon, one of the books of the Old Testament.

3. A canto or division of a poem [Obs.] Spenser.

4. A psalm, hymn, or passage from the Bible, arranged for chanting in church service.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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