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[hawr-uh, hohr-uh] /ˈhɔr ə, ˈhoʊr ə/
a traditional Romanian and Israeli round dance.
1875-80; < Modern Hebrew hōrāh < Romanian horă < Turkish hora Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for horas


a traditional Israeli or Romanian circle dance
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from Modern Hebrew hōrāh, from Romanian horǎ, from Turkish
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folk dance of Romania and Israel, performed in a linked circle. The most popular Romanian hora, the Hora Mare, or Great Hora, is danced both on special occasions such as weddings and for relaxation. It is a metaphor for the community: the circle opens to admit nubile women, adolescent boys entering manhood, and those ending mourning; conversely, it shuts out anyone who has violated local moral standards. The dance steps are simple: the dancers face the centre, take one step forward, one back, three to the left, and five to the right, so that soon the circle moves counterclockwise.

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