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Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups featuring the guitar, the accordion, and a washboard.

[From Louisiana French Creole zarico, beans, zydeco, from French les haricots, the string beans (perhaps as in les haricots (sont pas salés), the string beans (aren't salty), a common phrase in Creole song lyrics suggesting hard times in which people cannot afford salt pork to cook with their beans) : les, pl. of le, the + haricots, pl. of haricot, string bean; see haricot1.]


(Music, other) a type of Black Cajun music


(ˈzaɪ dɪˌkoʊ)

a blues-influenced type of Cajun dance music popular in Louisiana and Texas, usu. played on accordion, guitar, and violin.
[1955–60, Amer.; said to represent Louisiana French les haricots in the dance-tune title Les haricots sont pas salés]


A type of popular music that developed from the Cajun and black populations of Louisiana bayou country. It combines traditional Cajun dance melodies and rhythms and French lyrics along with blues and rock influences. It is usually played by small groups in which the accordion and fiddle are prominent.
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Noun1.Zydeco - music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blueszydeco - music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blues
C and W, country and western, country music - a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
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