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capoeira

noun ca·po·ei·ra \ˌkä-pə-ˈwā-rə, ˌkäp-ˈwā-\

Definition of CAPOEIRA

:  a Brazilian dance of African origin that incorporates martial arts movements such as kicks and chops
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Origin of CAPOEIRA

Brazilian Portuguese, kind of martial art, ruffian skilled in this art, fugitive slave living in the forest, from capão island of forest in a clear-cut area, from Tupi kaʔapáũ, from kaʔá forest + paũ round
First Known Use: 1945

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