Calypso: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ku-lip'sō), [key]
— n., pl. v. -sos,
  1. a sea nymph who detained Odysseus on the island of Ogygia for seven years.
  2. (l.c.) Also calleda terrestrial orchid, Calypso bulbosa, of the Northern Hemisphere, having a single variegated purple, yellow, and white flower.
  3. (l.c.) a musical style of West Indian origin, influenced by jazz, usually having topical, often improvised, lyrics.
  1. (l.c.) to sing or dance to calypso.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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