capoeira

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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.]

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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Cette trajectoire de la courbure se retrouve jusque dans les ondulations, les oscillations de la capoera qui puise sa force dans le pouvoir de l'axe (l'energie, la vie), ou les hesitations de la bossa-nova, cette samba transformee par le swing (balancement) du jazz.