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corroboree

or corrobboree

[kuh-rob-uh-ree] /kəˈrɒb ə ri/
noun, Australian.
1.
an assembly of Aborigines typified by singing and dancing, sometimes associated with traditional sacred rites.
2.
a social gathering, especially of a boisterous nature.
Origin of corroboree
1793
First recorded in 1793, corroboree is from the Dharuk word ga-ra-ba-ra dance
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Examples from the Web for corroboree
Historical Examples
  • I suppose we can come and see your corroboree, if we like, Dugingi?

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) Colin Munro
  • The crowd fled in the direction of the scene of their corroboree, but they did not stop there.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox
  • The corroboree began after dark, and the men shouted, danced, and carried on a mimic war to the glare of blazing bonfires.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  • The two factors upon which the later drama depends may be detected even in the corroboree of the Australians.

  • And we plan a corroboree at the colony after the Warlock is down, when there will be some excellently practiced singing.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • This evening Fisherman and Jackey showed Wittin corroboree dance.

British Dictionary definitions for corroboree

corroboree

/kəˈrɒbərɪ/
noun (Austral)
1.
a native assembly of sacred, festive, or warlike character
2.
(informal) any noisy gathering
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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