Origin of Recant
First attested in 1535, from Latin recantare, present active infinitive of recanto (“to sing back, reecho, sing again, repeat in singing, recant, recall, revoke, charm back or away"), from re- (“back") + canto (“to chant, to sing"), frequentative of cano.
Latin recantāre re- re- cantāre to sing frequentative of canere kan- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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