[ zahy-di-koh ]
/ ˈzaɪ dɪˌkoʊ /
a blues-influenced type of Cajun dance music popular in Louisiana and Texas, and usually played on accordion, guitar, and violin.
Origin of zydeco
1955–60, Americanism; said to represent Louisiana French les haricots in the dance-tune title Les haricots sont pas salés
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British Dictionary definitions for zydeco
/ (ˈzaɪdəˌkəʊ) /
a type of Black Cajun music
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Word Origin and History for zydeco
1949, perhaps from Creole French pronunciation of French les haricots "the beans," part of the title of a popular dance tune ("les haricots sont pas salés").
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