Sambaing

samba

[sam-buh, sahm-]
noun, plural sambas.
1.
a rhythmic, Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin.
verb (used without object), sambaed, sambaing.
2.
to dance the samba.

Origin:
1880–85; < Portuguese samba, alleged to be of African orig.

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samba (ˈsæmbə)
 
n , pl -bas
1.  a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
vb , -bas, -bas, -baing, -baed
3.  (intr) to perform such a dance
 
[Portuguese, of African origin]

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samba
Brazilian dance of African origin, 1885, Zemba, from Port. samba, shortened form of zambacueca, a type of dance, probably altered (by influence of zamacueco "stupid") from zambapalo, the name of a grotesque dance, itself an alteration of zampapalo "stupid man," from zamparse "to bump, crash."
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SAMBA
Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia
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