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Ca·lyp·so 1

 (kə-lĭp′sō)
n. Greek Mythology
A sea nymph who delayed Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years.

[Latin Calypsō, from Greek Kalupsō, from kaluptein, to conceal; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

Ca·lyp·so 2

or ca·lyp·so (kə-lĭp′sō)
n. pl. Ca·lyp·sos or ca·lyp·sos also Ca·lyp·soes or ca·lyp·soes
A type of music that originated in the West Indies, notably in Trinidad, and is characterized by improvised lyrics on topical or broadly humorous subjects.

[Probably alteration (influenced by Calypso, in reference to the nymph's island home) of Caribbean English kaliso, variant of kariso, variant of kaiso, bravo (shout of approval for a Calypsonian's performance), Calypso music, from ka iso!, shout of encouragement with which West Indian slaves accompanied singers singing satirical songs about plantation owners and overseers, from Efik ka isu, go on (imperative form) (from ka, go, advance + isu, face, front, forward), and its Ibibio equivalent kaa iso.]

Ca·lyp·so′ni·an (kə-lĭp-sō′nē-ən, kăl′ĭp-) n.

ca·lyp·so

 (kə-lĭp′sō)
n. pl. ca·lyp·sos
A terrestrial orchid (Calypso bulbosa) native to northern temperate regions, having a rose-pink flower with an inflated pouchlike lip usually marked with white, purple, and yellow.

[Probably Latin Calypsō, Calypso; see Calypso1.]

calypso

(kəˈlɪpsəʊ)
n, pl -sos
1. (Music, other) a popular type of satirical, usually topical, West Indian ballad, esp from Trinidad, usually extemporized to a percussive syncopated accompaniment
2. (Dancing) a dance done to the rhythm of this song
[C20: probably from Calypso]

calypso

(kəˈlɪpsəʊ)
n, pl -sos
(Plants) a rare N temperate orchid, Calypso (or Cytherea) bulbosa, whose flower is pink or white with purple and yellow markings
[C19: named after Calypso]

Calypso

(kəˈlɪpsəʊ)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth (in Homer's Odyssey) a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years

Ca•lyp•so

(kəˈlɪp soʊ)

n., pl. -sos.
1. a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years.
2. (l.c.) a musical style of West Indian origin, influenced by jazz, usu. having topical, often improvised, lyrics.
3. (l.c.) a terrestrial orchid, Calypso bulbosa, of the Northern Hemisphere, having a single variegated purple, yellow, and white flower.

calypso

- The style in which a shirt's tails are tied in a knot at the waist.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Calypso - rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leafcalypso - rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
2.Calypso - (Greek mythology) the sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
sea nymph - (Greek mythology) a water nymph who was the daughter of Oceanus or Nereus
Translations
karibská píseň
calypso
kalipszó
kalypsó
kalipsas
kalipso
kalypso
kalipso

calypso

[kəˈlɪpsəʊ] Ncalipso m

calypso

nCalypso m

calypso

(kəˈlipsəu) plural caˈlypsos noun
a West Indian folk-song, telling of a current event and sometimes made up as the singer goes along.