capoeira

[ kap-oo-air-uh ]

noun
  1. a dance form incorporating martial arts elements, originating in Brazil as a system of physical discipline and movement.

Origin of capoeira

1
First recorded in 1925–30; from Brazilian Portuguese; of uncertain origin; perhaps a transferred use of capoeira “cultivated area that has reverted to forest or scrub” (referring to the martial art that originated in gatherings held by enslaved and rural people), from Tupi kaápaũ (equivalent to kaá “forest, scrub” + puera “that which once was”); perhaps from Umbundu (a Bantu language spoken in southern Angola) kapwila “a blow, beating”

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capoeira

/ (ˌkæpʊˈeɪrə) /


noun
  1. a movement discipline combining martial art and dance, which originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil

Origin of capoeira

1
C20: from Portuguese

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