shakers

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Shakers definition


A religious group that rose in America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Shakers derived their name from a dance that was part of their religious ceremony. They lived in small, tightly knit communities and observed celibacy.

Note: Shaker furniture is renowned for its simplicity, strength, and beauty.
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