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(adjective) Richly melodious.

Synonyms: songful

Usage: When I sing in the shower, my off-key caterwauling takes on a surprisingly canorous tone.
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In Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), the essayist Thomas de Quincey describes a manservant who, after accidentally letting a loaded trunk fall down a flight of stairs, “sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter.” Canorous typically describes things, such as church choirs or birds in the spring, that are a pleasure to listen to. It derives from the Latin verb canere (“to sing”), a root it shares with a number of words that evoke what is sweet to the ear, such as chant, canticle, cantor (a leader of a choir), carmen (“a song, poem, or incantation”) and even accent.
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