from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A terrestrial orchid (Calypso bulbosa) native to northern temperate regions, having a rose-pink flower with an inflated pouchlike lip usually marked with white, purple, and yellow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of music and dance that originated in the West Indies (perhaps Trinidad), a ballad is characterized by improvised lyrics on topical or broadly humorous subjects, often creating satire of current events.
- n. A bulbous bog orchid of the genus Calypso, Calypso bulbosa
- n. A light blue color.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a genus of beautiful orchids, consisting of a single species
- n. In zoology: A genus of crustaceans.
- n. A genus of chalcid hymenopterous insects, of the subfamily Pireninœ, founded by Haliday in 1841: now called Euryophrys (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) the sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years
- n. 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
Probably Latin Calypsō, Calypso; see Calypso1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally Trinidad English, an alteration of kaiso, perhaps ultimately of African origin; Allsopp 1996 suggests Ibibio ka iso ("come on"), used to urge dancers on. The spelling reflects a later folk-etymological assimilation with the mythological name Calypso. (Wiktionary)
From Latin, itself from Ancient Greek Καλυψώ (Kalypsō, "name of a sea nymph") (Wiktionary)