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[mahm-boh] /ˈmɑm boʊ/

noun, plural mambos.
a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps.
verb (used without object)
to dance the mambo.
noun (pl) -bos
a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
a voodoo priestess
verb -bos, -boing, -boed
(intransitive) to perform this dance

popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), September 1948, from American Spanish mambo, said by Webster to be from Haitian creole word for “voodoo priestess.”


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