Having a pleasant and fluid sound: "The Headmaster read a rather lengthy passage from Stephen Vincent Benet's 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' in his engaging, mellifluous voice" (John Knowles).
[Middle English, from Late Latin mellifluus : Latin mel, mell-, honey; see melit- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Latin -fluus, flowing; see bhleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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