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war dance

n.
A dance performed before a battle or as a celebration after a victory, as in traditional Native American societies.

war dance

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples
2. (Dancing) a dance representing warlike action

war′ dance`


n.
(formerly among American Indians) a dance prior to going into battle or in celebration of a victory.
[1705–15, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.war dance - a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victorywar dance - a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
Translations

war dance

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war dance

ndanza di guerra
References in classic literature ?
The warriors were still some little distance away, advancing slowly, making, after the manner of their kind, a frightful din with their savage yells and the pounding of their naked feet upon the ground as they leaped up and down in a fantastic war dance.
The wild man from Borneo has just come to town,'" he sang, dancing a species of war dance about his terrified mother and scandalized tutor, and ending up by throwing his arms about the former's neck and kissing her upon either cheek.
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