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snake dance

n.
1. A ceremonial dance of the Hopi in which the dancers traditionally carry live snakes in their mouths.
2. A procession of people who join hands and move forward in a zigzag line.

snake dance

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

snake′ dance`


n.
1. any of various ceremonial dances of American Indian peoples in which snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.
2. a parade or procession in which the participants weave in single file in a serpentine course.
[1765–75, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snake dance - a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
Indian file, single file, file - a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
2.snake dance - a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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