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entrechat

[French ahn-truh-sha] /French ɑ̃ trəˈʃa/
noun, plural entrechats
[French ahn-truh-sha] /French ɑ̃ trəˈʃa/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
a jump in which the dancer crosses the feet a number of times while in the air.
Origin of entrechat
1765-1775
1765-75; < French, alteration of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intwined (caper), equivalent to in- in-2 + trecci- tress + -ata -ate1
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entrechat

/French ɑ̃trəʃa/
noun
1.
a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together
Word Origin
C18: from French, from earlier entrechase, changed by folk etymology from Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally: entwined (caper), from intrecciare to interlace, from in-² + trecciatress
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