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Calypso

[ kuh-lip-soh ]
/ kəˈlɪp soʊ /
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noun, plural Ca·lyp·sos.
Also Ka·lyp·so .Classical Mythology. a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years.
(lowercase)Also called fair·y-slip·per [fair-ee-slip-er] /ˈfɛər iˌslɪp ər/ . 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.
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Origin of Calypso

The name of the musical style is of obscure origin and perhaps only copies the spelling of Calypso the sea nymph

OTHER WORDS FROM Calypso

ca·lyp·so·ni·an [kuh-lip-soh-nee-uhn, kal-ip-], /kə lɪpˈsoʊ ni ən, ˌkæl ɪp-/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Calypso (1 of 3)

calypso1
/ (kəˈlɪpsəʊ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for Calypso (2 of 3)

calypso2
/ (kəˈlɪpsəʊ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for Calypso (3 of 3)

Calypso
/ (kəˈlɪpsəʊ) /

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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