Etymology
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samba (n.)

Brazilian dance of African origin, 1885, Zemba, from Portuguese 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." It was noted in 1938 as "just beginning to make its way in the New York nightclubs." As a verb from 1949.

updated on December 06, 2021

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Definitions of samba from WordNet
1
samba (n.)
large west African tree having large palmately lobed leaves and axillary cymose panicles of small white flowers and one-winged seeds; yields soft white to pale yellow wood;
Synonyms: obeche / obechi / arere / Triplochiton scleroxcylon
samba (n.)
music composed for dancing the samba;
samba (n.)
a lively ballroom dance from Brazil;
samba (n.)
a form of canasta using three decks of cards and six jokers;
2
samba (v.)
dance the samba;
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