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1. A Latin-American dance originating among African slave populations on Colombia's Caribbean coast and characterized by short sliding steps.
2. The music for this dance.

[Colombian and Panamanian Spanish; akin to Cuban Spanish cumbé, an Afro-Caribbean dance; see bachata.]
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(Music, other) a rhythmic style of music originating in Colombia
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