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rain dance

(especially among American Indians) a ritualistic dance performed to bring rain.
Origin of rain dance
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He wished he'd acted more grown up that night they watched the rain dance at the pueblo.


    Irving W. Lande
  • My pulse was jumping lumpily, my lungs refusing to work right, my head doing a Hopi rain dance.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • If he wishes for sun or wind or rain, "he summons his tribe, and dances a sun dance or a wind dance or a rain dance."

  • With spectacular ceremonial and regalia the Indians staged their "rain dance."

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

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