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rain dance

  1. (especially among American Indians) a ritualistic dance performed to bring rain.
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Origin of rain dance

First recorded in 1925–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • While the tobacco was burning, the agile and athletic danced the rain-dance.

    Myths of the Iroquois. (1883 N 02 / 1880-1881 (pages 47-116))

    Erminnie A. Smith

  • One of the most usual of their dances, managed something like our ballets, is called the Rain-dance.

    The Sunshade

    Octave Uzanne