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capoeira

[ kap-oo-air-uh ]
/ ˌkæp uˈɛər ə /
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noun

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

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Origin of capoeira

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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British Dictionary definitions for capoeira

capoeira
/ (ˌkæpʊˈeɪrə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for capoeira

C20: from Portuguese
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