- Also Kalypso. Classical Mythology. a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years.
- (lowercase) Also called fairy-slipper. a terrestrial orchid, Calypso bulbosa, of the Northern Hemisphere, having a single variegated purple, yellow, and white flower.
- (lowercase) a musical style of West Indian origin, influenced by jazz, usually having topical, often improvised, lyrics.
- (lowercase) to sing or dance to calypso.
Origin of Calypso
Examples from the Web for calypso
Calypso found him there, sitting alone, weeping and longing for his home.
Calypso is the concealer, she who conceals spirit in the jungle of nature.
Hermes is sent by the supreme deity to Calypso, with the decree.
Calypso imparts the decree to Ulysses, who soon sets about doing his part.
We may now begin to see what Calypso means, in outline at least.
- a popular type of satirical, usually topical, West Indian ballad, esp from Trinidad, usually extemporized to a percussive syncopated accompaniment
- a dance done to the rhythm of this song
- a rare N temperate orchid, Calypso (or Cytherea) bulbosa, whose flower is pink or white with purple and yellow markings
- Greek myth (in Homer's Odyssey) a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years
Word Origin and History for calypso
sea nymph in the "Odyssey," literally "hidden, hider" (perhaps originally a death goddess) from Greek kalyptein "to cover, conceal," from PIE *kel- "to cover, conceal, save," root of English Hell (see cell). The West Indian type of song is so called from 1934, of unknown origin or connection to the nymph.