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juba

[ joo-buh ]
/ ˈdʒu bə /
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noun
a lively dance characterized by rhythmic hand clapping, body and thigh slapping, and stomping, developed by African Americans enslaved on Southern plantations in the 19th century.
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Also called ham·bone [ham-bohn] /ˈhæmˌboʊn/ .

Origin of juba

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; of obscure origin

Other definitions for juba (2 of 3)

Juba1
[ joo-bah ]
/ ˈdʒu bɑ /

noun
a female day name for Monday.See under day name.

Other definitions for juba (3 of 3)

Juba2
[ joo-bah ]
/ ˈdʒu bɑ /

noun
Italian Giuba [joo-bah] /ˈdʒu bɑ/ . a river in E Africa, flowing S from S Ethiopia through Somalia to the Indian Ocean. 1,000 miles (1,609 km) long.
the capital of South Sudan, on the White Nile.
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British Dictionary definitions for juba (1 of 2)

juba
/ (ˈdʒuːbə) /

noun
a lively African-American dance developed in the southern US

Word Origin for juba

C19: of Zulu origin

British Dictionary definitions for juba (2 of 2)

Juba
/ (ˈdʒuːbə) /

noun
a river in NE Africa, rising in S central Ethiopia and flowing south across Somalia to the Indian Ocean: the chief river of Somalia. Length: about 1660 km (1030 miles)
the capital of South Sudan, on the White Nile river. Pop: 250 000 (2006 est)
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