Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups featuring the guitar, the accordion, and a washboard.
[From Louisiana French Creole zarico, beans, zydeco, from French les haricots, the string beans (perhaps as in les haricots (sont pas salés), the string beans (aren't salty), a common phrase in Creole song lyrics suggesting hard times in which people cannot afford salt pork to cook with their beans) : les, pl. of le, the + haricots, pl. of haricot, string bean; see HARICOT1.]
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