Definition of Calypso

1. Noun. Rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf.

Exact synonyms: Calypso Bulbosa, Fairy-slipper
Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant

2. Noun. (Greek mythology) the sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Sea Nymph

Definition of Calypso

1. n. A small and beautiful species of orchid, having a flower variegated with purple, pink, and yellow. It grows in cold and wet localities in the northern part of the United States. The Calypso borealis is the only orchid which reaches 68° N.

Definition of Calypso

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) A sea nymph who entertained Odysseus on her island, Ogygia, for seven years ¹

2. Proper noun. (astronomy) The eighth moon of Saturn ¹

3. Noun. A type of music and dance that originated in the West Indies (Trinidad?), a ballad is characterized by improvised lyrics on topical or broadly humorous subjects, often creating satire of current events. ¹

4. Noun. A bulbous bog orchid of the genus Cythera, ''Calypso bulbosa'' ¹

5. Noun. A light blue color. ¹

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Definition of Calypso

1. an improvised song [n -SOS or -SOES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Calypso

Calycanthus floridus
Calycanthus occidentalis
Calycophyllum candidissimum
Calymmatobacterium granulomatis
Calypso bulbosa
Calyptridium umbellatum
Calystegia sepium
Cam River
Camberwell beauties

Literary usage of Calypso

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Decided in the High Court of Admiralty of England and on by Maurice Charles Merttins Swabey, Great Britain High Court of Admiralty (1860)
"THIS was an action for damage arising from collision, brought by the owners of the Equivalent against the owners of the late bark calypso. ..."

2. Our Native Orchids: A Series of Drawings from Nature of All the Species by William Hamilton Gibson, Helena Dewey Leeming Jelliffe (1905)
"It is calypso bulbosa. Its specific name used to be calypso borealis, ... dedicated to the goddess calypso. It is a poetic grief to those who loved this ..."

3. The Masterpieces and the History of Literature: Analysis, Criticism by Julian Hawthorne, John Russell Young, Oliver Herbrand Gordon Leigh, John Porter Lamberton (1902)
"calypso then falls in love with ... TELEMACHUS WELCOMED BY calypso. ... Book I.) calypso could not console herself for the departure of Ulysses. ..."

4. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"THE GODDESS calypso From ' Telemachus ' TELEMACHUS followed the goddess as ... On arriving at the grotto of calypso, Telemachus was surprised to see that ..."

5. The Age of Fable; Or, Stories of Gods and Heroes by Thomas Bulfinch (1856)
"... CYCLOPES — CIRCE — SIRENS — SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS — calypso. RETURN OF ULYSSES. THE romantic poem of the Odyssey is now to engage our attention. ..."

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