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[pris-yahd-kuh] /prɪsˈyɑd kə/
a step in Slavic folk dancing in which the dancer squats on the haunches and kicks out each foot alternately; the characteristic step of the kazachok.
Origin of prisiadka
1935-40; < Russian prisyádka, equivalent to prisyad-, variant stem of priséstʾ to squat (pri- v. prefix, here marking action done incompletely or temporarily + sestʾ to sit down, akin to sit1) + -ka noun suffix; or < Ukrainian prýsyadka, formed in a parallel manner from prysísty to squat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The count took the landlord by the throat, and ordered him to dance the prisiadka.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi

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