n. pl. mam·bos
1. A dance in 4/4 time of Latin American origin, resembling the rumba.
2. The music for this dance.
intr.v. mam·boed, mam·bo·ing, mam·bos
To perform this dance.
[Cuban Spanish, from Haitian Creole manbo, voodoo priestess (the extended drum breaks in mambo music being likened by Cuban musicians to a voodoo priestess's ecstatic trance), perhaps from Kongo màmbu, message, conversation, ritual negotiation, plural of diàmbu, word.]
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