Cantankerous

Can*tan"ker*ous

(?), a. Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious. [Colloq.] -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ly, adv. -- Can*tan"ker*ous*ness, n.
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The cantankerous old maiden aunt.
Thackeray.
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Can"tar

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Can*tar"ro

(?), } n. [It. cantaro (in sense 1), Sp. cantaro (in sense 2).]
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1. A weight used in southern Europe and East for heavy articles. It varies in different localities; thus, at Rome it is nearly 75 pounds, in Sardinia nearly 94 pounds, in Cairo it is 95 pounds, in Syria about 503 pounds.
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2. A liquid measure in Spain, ranging from two and a half to four gallons. Simmonds.
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Can*ta"ta

(?), n. [It., fr. cantare to sing, fr. L. cantare intens of canere to sing.] (Mus.) A poem set to music; a musical composition comprising choruses, solos, interludes, etc., arranged in a somewhat dramatic manner; originally, a composition for a single noise, consisting of both recitative and melody.
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