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entrechat

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noun en·tre·chat \ˈäⁿ(n)-trə-ˌshä\

Definition of entrechat

  1. :  a leap in which a ballet dancer repeatedly crosses the legs and sometimes beats them together



Origin of entrechat

French, modification of Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally, intertwined caper


First Known Use: 1775


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