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