snake dance

or snake-dance

[ sneyk-dans ]
/ ˈsneɪk ˌdæns /
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noun Usually snake dance .
any ceremonial dance, such as that of the Hopi or Chickasaw people, in which snakes or representations of snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.
a parade or procession, especially in celebration of a sports victory, in which the participants weave in single file in a serpentine course.Compare conga line (def. 3).
verb (used without object), snake danced, snake danc·ing.
to perform a snake dance.
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Origin of snake dance

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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British Dictionary definitions for snake dance

snake dance

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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