conga drum


noun, plural congas.
a Cuban ballroom dance that consists of three steps forward followed by a kick, characteristically performed by a group following a leader in a single line.
the music for this dance.
Also called conga drum. a tall, conical, Afro-Cuban drum played with the hands.
verb (used without object), congaed, congaing.
to dance a conga.

1930–35; < Cuban Spanish Unabridged
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conga (ˈkɒŋɡə)
1.  a Latin American dance of three steps and a kick to each bar, usually performed by a number of people in single file
2.  Also called: conga drum a large tubular bass drum, used chiefly in Latin American and funk music and played with the hands
vb , -gas, -gaing, -gaed
3.  (intr) to dance the conga
[C20: from American Spanish, feminine of congo belonging to the Congo]

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Word Origin & History

1935, Amer.Sp. fem. of (danza) Congo "Congo (dance)," since it was assumed to be of African origin.
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