calypso

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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 ‎(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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

calypso ‎(plural calypsos or calypsoes)

  1. A bulbous bog orchid of the genus Calypso, Calypso bulbosa
  2. A light blue color.
    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

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