entrechat


entrechat
entrechat [än΄trə shä′, än′trə shä΄; ] Fr [ äntr' shȧ′]
n.
[Fr earlier entrechasse, altered (as if < entre, between, among + chasser < OFr chacier, CHASE1) < It ( capriola) intrecciata, lit., intertwined (leap) < intrecciare < in-, in + treccia, a plait: see TRESS]
Ballet a leap straight upward during which the dancer crosses the legs and beats the calves together a number of times

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