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.