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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A word derived from the Latin canticulus, meaning a little song, from cantus a song. The term is applied to the detached Psalms and Hymns used in the services of the Church, such as the Venite, Benedictus, Magnificat, etc.
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Canticle'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/c/canticle.html. 1901.