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

Definition of capoeira

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

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

First Known Use: 1945

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