maxixes

maxixe

[mak-seeks; Portuguese mah-shee-shi]
noun, plural maxixes [mak-seek-suhz; Portuguese mah-shee-shis] .
a ballroom dance originating in Brazil, in moderate duple measure with syncopated rhythms.

Origin:
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

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maxixe (məˈʃiːʃ, mækˈsiːks, məˈʃiːʃeɪ)
 
n
a Brazilian dance in duple time, a precursor of the tango
 
[from Brazilian Portuguese]

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