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n. pl. mam·bos
1. A dance in 4/4 time of Latin American origin, resembling the rumba.
2. The music for this dance.
intr.v. mam·boed, mam·bo·ing, mam·bos
To perform this dance.
[Cuban Spanish, from Haitian Creole manbo, voodoo priestess (the extended drum breaks in mambo music being likened by Cuban musicians to a voodoo priestess's ecstatic trance), perhaps from Kongo màmbu, message, conversation, ritual negotiation, plural of diàmbu, word.]
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n, pl -bos
1. (Dancing) a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a voodoo priestess
vb, -bos, -boing or -boed
(Dancing) (intr) to perform the mambo
[American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess]
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n., pl. -bos, n.
1. a ballroom dance of Caribbean origin similar to the rumba and cha-cha.v.i.
2. to dance the mambo.
[1945–50; < American Spanish]
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Past participle: mamboed
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A Cuban dance, the mambo is fast, syncopated and the partners move fairly independently from each other.
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|Noun||1.||mambo - a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba|
|Verb||1.||mambo - dance a mambo|
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