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jarabe tapatío

[ Spanish hah-rah-ve -tah-pah-tee-aw ]
/ Spanish hɑˈrɑ vɛ ˌtɑ pɑˈti ɔ /
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noun

a dance of Mexican origin, performed by a couple and consisting of nine figures and melodies, in which the partners often dance facing each other but not touching.

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Origin of jarabe tapatío

<Mexican Spanish; Spanish jarabe literally, sweetened drink, syrup; tapatío pertaining to Guadalajara (allegedly a word used in this region of Mexico for a serving of three tortillas, originally a unit of cacao bean currency <Nahuatl tlapatiotl price, value)

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