calypso

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Originally Trinidad English, an alteration of kaiso, perhaps ultimately of African origin; Allsopp 1996 suggests Ibibio ka iso (come on), used to urge dancers on. The spelling reflects a later folk-etymological assimilation with the mythological name Calypso.

Noun[edit]

calypso (countable and uncountable, plural calypsos or calypsoes)

  1. A type of music and dance that originated in the West Indies (perhaps Trinidad), characterized by improvised lyrics on topical or broadly humorous subjects, often creating satire of current events.
    • 1959, V. S. Naipaul, “B. Wordsworth”, in Miguel Street:
      'How you does live, Mr. Wordsworth?' I asked him one day.
      He said, 'You mean how I get money?'
      When I nodded, he laughed in a crooked way.
      He said, 'I sing calypsoes in the calypso season.'
      'And that last you the rest of the year?'
      'It is enough.'

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Verb[edit]

calypso (third-person singular simple present calypsos, present participle calypsoing, simple past and past participle calypsoed)

  1. (intransitive) To perform calypso.

Etymology 2[edit]

calypso (Calypso bulbosa)

From Latin, itself from Ancient Greek Καλυψώ (Kalupsṓ, name of a sea nymph)

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Noun[edit]

calypso (countable and uncountable, plural calypsos or calypsoes)

  1. A bulbous bog orchid of the genus Calypso, Calypso bulbosa
  2. A light blue color. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    calypso colour:  

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

calypso c

  1. calypso; a type of music or dance

Declension[edit]

Declension of calypso 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative calypso calypson calypsor calypsorna
Genitive calypsos calypsons calypsors calypsornas