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Ca·lyp·so 1

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.


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.]


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]


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]


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


(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.


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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
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[kəˈlɪpsəʊ] Ncalipso m


nCalypso m


(kəˈlipsəu) plural caˈlypsos noun
a West Indian folk-song, telling of a current event and sometimes made up as the singer goes along.
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They are full of vivid characters whom he admired and learned from, including bandleaders such as Ron Berridge, Frankie Francis, and Clarence Curvan; calypsonians such as the Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Chalkdust, and Black Stalin; and of course many many musicians.
El calypso costarricense se mantiene por decadas como una practica informal, tocado en contextos privados o al margen de eventos bailables, a pesar de que algunos de los primeros calypsonians costarricenses forman parte de conjuntos populares.
As a case study, parts two and three of the book focus on interisland migrations and their influence on calypsonians in Barbados and Trinidad.
You and your collaborators see yourselves as elaborating a distinct creative genealogy for the region's discursive and exhibition practices in the tradition of the yard space where Trinidadians grew up honing their creative skills, playing ball as children, batting and bowling as cricketers, crafting verses as calypsonians, and building costumes as masmen (carnival costume builders).
Los cantantes tradicionales de calypso son reconocidos como calypsonians, y se caracterizan por sus dotes para la improvisacion, el estilo personal, la diccion, la gracia, el doble sentido y la imaginacion.
At closer inspection, the familiar charge of the calypsonians that we need to celebrate and revere collectively comes closer to fruition within the breadth of West Indian literature, which abounds with implicit cultural connections across the region and, essentially, a call for Pan-Caribbean identity.
Furthermore, most of the Afro-Trinidadians, who supported the PNM were deceptively cajoled by racist calypsonians, newspaper columnists and politicians into believing that they were being discriminated against and ignored by an East Indian-led government (Teelucksingh, 2007).
The arrivals included the celebrated Trinidadian calypsonians Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner, who marked the event for posterity, and many of their peers were housed in a shelter on Clapham Common in South London, left vacant from the Second World War which had ended three years earlier.
However, while this work might not be seen as the major source for the study of Paule Marshall or hip hop (to mention just two possibilities from this book), McGill must be commended for bringing together in one volume several dichotomies, usually not discussed together: English-speaking and Spanish-speaking artists; Calypsonians and Rappers; musicians and writers; veterans of the Civil Rights movements and spokesmen of the Hip Hop generation; Womanists and Black (male) Power advocates; high culture and pop culture or subculture.
1) The calypsonians who received their formal schooling in the pre-independence period would have had their understanding of poetic styles as well as their historical visions informed by this school system, and many of the calypsos of the colonial period reflect the impact of this education (Rohlehr 1975).
Local historians, artists, and calypsonians have recorded the Portuguese presence in Trinidad in writing, on canvas (by 6 artists), and in song (including 4 calypsos).