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    Dulcitony ...

    Hello,

    Can anybody tell me what the author means by the word dulcitony?

    The context is as follows:

    "I watched and felt what was by every sense imperceptible, the softening of limb and muscle and every small fiber, as from the very rigor of death; the thaw and melting and dulcitony of May."

    I may add the writer speaks about a girl coming to life again after being in a sort of rigor mortis.

    Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927

    Thanks

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    Re: Dulcitony ...

    If it's not a typo, then the nearest word that I can find in the dictionary is "dulcitone" which is a musical instrument. Perhaps the author intends "dulcitony" to mean the sound of a dulcitone.

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    #3

    Re: Dulcitony ...

    The author was a fluent speaker of French and a translator of that language into English. He also had a penchant for creating words, I think he meant "mildness/softness/sweetness.

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