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calypso

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noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of calypso

  1. 1 capitalized :  a sea nymph in Homer's Odyssey who keeps Odysseus seven years on the island of Ogygia

  2. 2 plural calypsos [New Latin, genus name, probably from Latin] :  a bulbous bog orchid (Calypso bulbosa) of northern regions bearing a single white to purplish flower



Origin and Etymology of calypso

Latin, from Greek Kalypsō


First Known Use: 14th century


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calypso

noun ca·lyp·so

Definition of calypso

plural

calypsos

or

calypsoes

  1. :  a style of music originating in the West Indies, marked by lively duple meter, and having lyrics that are often improvised and usually satirize local personalities and events; also :  a song in this style

calypsonian

play \kə-ˌlip-ˈsō-nē-ən, ˌka-(ˌ)lip-\ noun or adjective


Origin and Etymology of calypso

Trinidad English, alteration of kaiso, perhaps ultimately of Afr origin; akin to eastern Caribbean English caliso, cariso satirical song


First Known Use: 1900


CALYPSO Defined for Kids

calypso

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noun ca·lyp·so \kə-ˈlip-sō\

Definition of calypso for Students

plural

calypsos

  1. :  a lively folk song or style of singing of the West Indies





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