zarzuelas

zarzuela

[zahr-zwey-luh, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lah, sahr-swe-]
noun, plural zarzuelas [zahr-zwey-luhz, -zwee-; Spanish thahr-thwe-lahs, sahr-swe-] .
a Spanish opera having spoken dialogue and often a satirically treated, topical theme.

Origin:
1885–90; < Spanish, after La Zarzuela, palace near Madrid where first performance took place (1629)

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zarzuela (zɑːˈzweɪlə)
 
n
1.  a type of Spanish vaudeville or operetta, usually satirical in nature
2.  a seafood stew
 
[from Spanish, from La Zarzuela, name of the palace near Madrid where such vaudeville was first performed (1629)]

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