- (especially among American Indians) a ritualistic dance performed to bring rain.
Origin of rain dance
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for rain dance
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