canter. Canterbury tale, one of the tales which Chaucer puts into the mouths of certain pilgrims to
Canterbury. Hence, any tale told by travelers to pass away the time.
(Can*thar"*i*dal) a. Of or pertaining to cantharides or made of cantharides; as, cantharidal
(Can*thar"i*des) n. pl. See Cantharis.
(Can*thar"i*din) n. (Chem.) The active principle of the cantharis, or Spanish fly, a volatile,
acrid, bitter solid, crystallizing in four-sided prisms.
(Can"tha*ris) n.; pl. Cantharides [L., a kind of beetle, esp. the Spanish fly, Gr. kanqari`s.]
(Zoöl.) A beetle havin1g an elongated cylindrical body of a brilliant green color, and a nauseous odor; the
blister fly or blister beetle, of the apothecary; also called Spanish fly. Many other species of Lytta,
used for the same purpose, take the same name. See Blister beetle, under Blister. The plural form in
usually applied to the dried insects used in medicine.
(Cant" hook`) A wooden lever with a movable iron hook. hear the end; used for canting or
turning over heavy logs, etc. [U. S.] Bartlett.
(Can"tho*plas`ty) n. [Gr. corner of the eye + to from.] (Surg.) The operation of forming
a new canthus, when one has been destroyed by injury or disease.
(||Can"thus) n.; pl. Canthi [NL., fr. Gr. .] (Anat.) The corner where the upper and under
eyelids meet on each side of the eye.
(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.
(Can"ti*coy) n. [Of American Indian origin.] A social gathering; usually, one for dancing.
(Can"tile) v. i. Same as Cantle, v. t.
(||Can`ti*le"na) n. [It. & L.] (Mus.) See Cantabile.
(Can"ti*lev`er) n. Same as Cantalever.
(Can"til*late) v. i. [L. cantillatus, p. p. of cantillare to sing low, dim. of cantare. See Cantata.]
To chant; to recite with musical tones. M. Stuart.
(Can`til*la"tion) n. A chanting; recitation or reading with musical modulations.
(Can*tine") n. See Canteen.
(Cant"ing) a. Speaking in a whining tone of voice; using technical or religious terms affectedly; affectedly
pious; as, a canting rogue; a canting tone.
Cant"ing*ly, adv. Cant"ing*ness, n.