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capoeira

Syllabification: ca·po·ei·ra
Pronunciation: /kapo͝oˈārə
 
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Definition of capoeira in English:

noun

A system of physical discipline and movement originating among Brazilian slaves, treated as a martial art and dance form.
Example sentences
  • Joseph's - slow, formal, and pristinely beautiful - is based on the Brazilian martial arts form capoeira.
  • Washington incorporates a range of movement idioms - acrobatics, African dance, capoeira and social dancing - but always with an eye toward line, height and pinpoint accuracy.
  • It takes five minutes to absorb the sort of movement Elkins devises: a mix of modern dance, martial arts like aikido and capoeira, hip-hop, and maneuvers from contact improvisation.

Origin

Portuguese.

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