snake dance

snake dance

a ceremonial dance of the American Indian in which snakes or representations of snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.
a parade or procession, especially in celebration of a sports victory, in which the participants weave in single file in a serpentine course.

1765–75, Americanism Unabridged


[sneyk-dans, -dahns]
verb (used without object), snake-danced, snake-dancing.
to perform a snake dance.

1880–85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
snake dance
1.  a ceremonial dance, performed by the priests of the American Hopi Indians, in which live snakes are held in the mouth
2.  a.  the swaying movements of snakes responding to a snake charmer
 b.  a Hindu dance in which performers imitate such snake movements

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