snake-dance

[sneyk-dans, -dahns]

Origin of snake-dance

First recorded in 1880–85

snake dance

noun
  1. a ceremonial dance of the American Indian in which snakes or representations of snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.
  2. a parade or procession, especially in celebration of a sports victory, in which the participants weave in single file in a serpentine course.

Origin of snake dance

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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snake dance

noun
  1. a ceremonial dance, performed by the priests of the American Hopi Indians, in which live snakes are held in the mouth
    1. the swaying movements of snakes responding to a snake charmer
    2. a Hindu dance in which performers imitate such snake movements
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