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[mak-seeks; Portuguese mah-shee-shi] /mækˈsiks; Portuguese mɑˈʃi ʃɪ/
noun, plural maxixes
[mak-seek-suh z; Portuguese mah-shee-shis] /mækˈsik səz; Portuguese mɑˈʃi ʃɪs/ (Show IPA)
a ballroom dance originating in Brazil, in moderate duple measure with syncopated rhythms.
Origin of maxixe
1910-15; < Brazilian Portuguese: literally, West Indian gherkin (allegedly a name given to a Carnival figure, from which the dance took its name), said to be < Kimbundu Unabridged
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  • She placed a maxixe record on the Victrola that stood by the piano; then she held out her arms to him.

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/məˈʃiːʃ; mækˈsiːks; məˈʃiːʃeɪ/
a Brazilian dance in duple time, a precursor of the tango
Word Origin
from Brazilian Portuguese
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