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mambo

[ mahm-boh ]
/ ˈmɑm boʊ /
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noun, plural mam·bos.

a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps.

verb (used without object)

to dance the mambo.

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Origin of mambo

Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for mambo

mambo
/ (ˈmæmbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos

a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
a voodoo priestess

verb -bos, -boing or -boed

(intr) to perform this dance

Word Origin for mambo

American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess
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