capoeira

noun ca·po·ei·ra \ ˌkä-pə-ˈwā-rə , ˌkäp-ˈwā- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of capoeira

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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