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1. A Brazilian ballroom dance in which the partners press against each other tightly and gyrate sensually.
2. The music for this dance.
[Portuguese, beating, lashing, from past participle of lambar, to beat, variant of lombar, probably from lombo, side, flank (of a horse), from Latin lumbus, loin.]
1. (Dancing) an erotic dance, originating in Brazil, performed by two people who hold each other closely and gyrate their hips in synchronized movements
2. (Music, other) the music that accompanies the lambada, combining salsa, calypso, and reggae
[C20: from Portuguese, literally: the snapping of a whip]
lam•ba•da(lɑmˈbɑ də, -dɑ)
n., pl. -das.
a Brazilian ballroom dance.
[1985–90; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: a whipping]
A Portuguese word meaning the snapping of a whip, used to mean a type of dance originating in Brazil.