EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural Ca·lyp·sos. Also Kalypso. . Classical Mythology a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years. ( Also called lowercase) 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. verb (used without object) ( lowercase) to sing or dance to calypso. Origin of Calypso
the name of the musical style is of obscure origin and perhaps only copies the spelling of
Calypso the sea nymph Related forms ca·lyp·so·ni·an , [k uh-lip- soh-nee- uh n, kal-ip-] /kə lɪpˈsoʊ ni ən, ˌkæl ɪp-/ noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for calypso Historical Examples of calypso Calypso found him there, sitting alone, weeping and longing for his home.
Hermes is sent by the supreme deity to
Calypso, with the decree.
We may now begin to see what
Calypso means, in outline at least. Calypso imparts the decree to Ulysses, who soon sets about doing his part. Calypso is the concealer, she who conceals spirit in the jungle of nature. British Dictionary definitions for calypso noun plural -sos 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 Word Origin for calypso
C20: probably from
Calypso noun plural -sos a rare N temperate orchid, Calypso (or Cytherea) bulbosa, whose flower is pink or white with purple and yellow markings Word Origin for calypso
C19: named after
Calypso noun Greek myth (in Homer's Odyssey) a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years
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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.
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