[ruhm-buh, room-, room-]
noun, plural rhumbas [ruhm-buhz, room-, room-] , verb (used without object), rhumbaed [ruhm-buhd, room-, room-] , rhumbaing [ruhm-buh-ing, room-, room-] .
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rhumba (ˈrʌmbə, ˈrʊm-)
n , pl -bas
a variant spelling of rumba

rumba or rhumba (ˈrʌmbə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrʌmbə, ˈrʊm-)
1.  a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
2.  a ballroom dance derived from this
3.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C20: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin]
rhumba or rhumba
[C20: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin]

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ballroomballroom dance of Afro-Cuban folk-dance origin that became internationally popular in the early 20th century. Best known for the dancers' subtle side to side hip movements with the torso erect, the rumba is danced with a basic pattern of two quick side steps and a slow forward step. Three steps are executed to each bar. The music, in 44 time, has an insistent syncopation.

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