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In Greek mythology, a nymph who kept the shipwrecked Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years; she released him in the end on the orders of Zeus. Her name is Greek, meaning ...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
41 words

... A voluntary social programme of the European Tourism Commission, Unit F2, which facilitates low season tourism exchanges. It targets pensioners over 65, young people between 18 and 30, disabled people, and families facing difficult circumstances. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/tourism/calypso/index_en.htm Website providing further...

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... When in Homer 's Odyssey Odysseus was shipwrecked on the island of Ogygia, he developed an intimate relationship with Calypso, a beautiful nymph who lived there and was sorry to see him leave. Even her offer of immortality was not enough to distract the hero from his quest for home and his faithful wife Penelope...

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A Dictionary of Astronomy (3 ed.)

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2018

... A satellite of Saturn, occupying the trailing Lagrangian point (L 5 ) in the orbit of Tethys ; also known as Saturn XIV. Its distance is 294 721 km, and its orbital period 1.888 days. Calypso is 30 × 23 × 14 km in size. It was discovered in 1980 on images from the Voyager 1...

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Kenneth Chalmers

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Current Version:
2011
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Music
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100 words

...calypso . Originally a West Indian folk dance, the sung calypso was developed mainly in Trinidad, where its relaxed, syncopated duple-time rhythm provides a medium for comment in racy language on current events, scandal, sport, or politics. Texts use a mixture of English and patois and are freely set to a body of traditional melodies. Calypso became popular in Europe shortly after World War II. It continues to have an important social function on Trinidad, in the carnival period from the end of Christmas to Ash Wednesday, and a calypso king is chosen on the...

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

... ( Saturn XIV ) One of the lesser satellites of Saturn , discovered in 1980 by Voyager 1, with a radius measuring 15 × 8 × 8 km; visual albedo...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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121 words

... [Gk Myth.] A nymph who lived on the island of Ogygia. When *Odysseus was shipwrecked on the island, Calypso took him for her lover, offering him immortality if he would become her husband. She kept him on her island for seven years until Zeus intervened and ordered her to release him. > A woman who is dangerously attractive to men Perhaps he had too fixed an idea of what a siren looked like and the circumstances in which she appeared—long tresses, a chaste alabaster nudity, a mermaid's tail, matched by an Odysseus with a face acceptable in the best...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
65 words

... W. Indian folk dance, but better known in its sung form. Began among slaves on plantations. Forbidden to talk, they chanted news and opinions to a tom‐tom rhythm, using a patois . Today, especially in Trinidad, is used as a way of commenting on politics, scandal, and sport. Among best‐known examples are the cricket calypsos, such as ‘Cricket, lovely cricket’. Later variants incl. soca...

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Hope Munro Smith

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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745 words

...in New York, and recorded a number of albums for Folkways Records. In 1956 Harry Belafonte recorded Calypso , an album featuring various calypsos and West Indian folk songs, arranged by his bandleader Irving Burgie . Calypso became the first million-selling album by a single artist in US history, and created a calypso craze that lasted for several years. Folk revival singers such as the Tarriers and Stan Wilson recorded calypsos, as did various cabaret artists including Josephine Premice , the poet Maya Angelou , the actor Robert Mitchum ,...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... (Greek, ‘the hidden one’, from kaluptō , ‘I cover’, ‘I hide’) 1. In classical mythology the queen of the island of Ogygia on which Odysseus ( ulysses ) was wrecked. She kept him there for seven years and promised him perpetual youth and immortality if he would remain with her for ever. She bore him two sons and was inconsolable when he left. Ogygia is generally identified with Gozo, near Malta. 2. A type of popular West Indian song or ballad, especially one from Trinidad, improvised on topical subjects. It apparently takes its name from the first...

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Nicholas J. Richardson

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
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211 words

... (‘Concealer’?), a nymph, daughter of Atlas ( Il. 1. 14, 52), possibly invented by Homer . She lived on the island of Ogygie, ‘where is the sea's navel’ ( Od. 1. 50), rescued Odysseus when shipwrecked, and kept him for seven years, vainly promising immortality. Commanded by Zeus and Hermes to release him, she helped him to make a boat and let him go ( Od. 5. 1–268, 7. 244–66). In Hesiod , Theog. 1017–18, she has two sons by Odysseus, Nausithous and Nausinous, and in Hes. fr. 150. 31 M–W is perhaps mother of the Cephallenians by Hermes....

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Classical studies
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82 words

... In Greek myth, a goddess or nymph, the daughter of Atlas, who lived on the island of Ogygia where Odysseus was washed up after being shipwrecked. She kept him there for seven years and promised to make him immortal if he would be her husband, but when Zeus sent Hermes to order his release, she gave him materials to make his own boat. Some stories make her the mother by Odysseus of Auson, the eponymous ancestor of the Ausonians of...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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56 words

... • basso , El Paso, Picasso, Sargasso, Tasso • fatso , paparazzo, terrazzo • Brasso • espresso , gesso • intermezzo , mezzo • scherzo • peso , say-so • calypso , dipso • schizo • Mato Grosso • torso • also • amoroso , capriccioso, oloroso, so-so • Caruso , Robinson Crusoe, Rousseau, trousseau • so-and-so • Curaçao , curassow • Thurso ,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... in Greek mythology, a nymph who kept the shipwrecked Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years; she released him in the end on the orders of Zeus. Her name is Greek, meaning literally ‘she who...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
103 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
74 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
35 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
35 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
27 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
24 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
24 words

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