a sport combining rhythmic dance, martial-arts, and acrobatic movements that originated in 16th-cent. Brazil among African slaves who practiced it as a form of self-defense disguised as dance
Origin of capoeiraBrazilian Portuguese
A martial art of Brazilian origin that is based around a rhythmic, dancelike movement.
Origin of capoeiraBrazilian 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 kop&uibreveb;era ( influenced by Tupí kaa scrubland ) ko clearing, agricultural field cleared in a forest p&uibreveb;era that once was
- A martial art developed in Brazil.
From Portuguese capoeira, of uncertain etymology.