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cap·o·ei·ra

 (kăp′ō-ā′rə, kä′po͝o-ā′rä)
n.
A martial art of Brazilian origin that is based around a rhythmic, dancelike movement.

[Brazilian Portuguese, perhaps from capoeira, cultivated field that has reverted to forest or scrubland (perhaps in reference to the origins of the martial art in gatherings held by slaves and poor rural communities), from Tupí kopu̯era (influenced by Tupí kaa, scrubland) : ko, clearing, agricultural field cleared in a forest : pu̯era, that once was.]
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capoeira

(ˌkæpʊˈeɪrə)
n
1. (Martial Arts (other than Judo & Karate) & Combat Sports) a movement discipline combining martial art and dance, which originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil
2. (Dancing) a movement discipline combining martial art and dance, which originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil
[C20: from Portuguese]
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A inclusao da capoeira nas atividades do PME se deu porque a escola foi procurada por uma capoeirista que vive no bairro onde a escola esta localizada.
Dessa forma, o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o grau de letramento nutricional de capoeirista e seus fatores associados.
The brutal, dangerous, incorrigible Capoeirista is not he who walks in front of the musicians at public festivities, performing capers and agile movements.
A "malicia" e "mandinga" do jogo fazem o papel artistico, onde o proposito e confundir seu oponente e nao apenas aplicarlhe um golpe, o capoeirista na roda e um ator, ele encena seus passos visando enganar seu oponente que ele nao sera capaz de escapar de um golpe (Sodre, 2002).
Segundo o cronista, Mano Eloi participou de uma luta de exibicao com o grande capoeirista Ciriaco, no antigo pavilhao 9, na antiga Rua Larga, atual Marechal Floriano, proximo do Morro da Conceicao, no Centro.
To some extent, it is much more difficult for a white capoeirista to establish a school of capoeira abroad, given the emphasis on the African tradition and the idealized past of fight against slavery.
Summary: Bahraini standup comedian, debt collector, Capoeirista and founder of Misfitz, a sketch comedy group.