Meaning of snake dance in English:

snake dance


  • A dance in which the performers handle live snakes or imitate the motions of snakes, in particular a ritual dance of the North American Hopi Indians involving the handling of live rattlesnakes.

    ‘One of the employees, draped in a sari, performed a snake dance, which enthralled the audience all through.’
    • ‘However, specific to Bangladesh are indigenous dances such as dhali, baul, maipuri, and snake dances.’


(also snake-dance)
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  • Perform a snake dance.

    ‘he had them join hands and snake-dance in a long line around the lot’
    • ‘Almost all of the rest of the students snake-danced at the rear of the exuberant parade.’
    • ‘Following the ceremony the students again snake-danced their way down Linden Lane and on to Boston proper where they once again celebrated the momentous Boston College victory.’
    • ‘After the game, as the Princeton fans snake-danced around the field, tossing their hats over the goalposts in celebration of Princeton's 20 to 0 victory, the Philadelphia councilmen hurried to the Princeton dressing rooms to thank Roper for the marvelous arrangements he had made for them.’
    • ‘PRINCETON, N.J., Nov.4. - Two thousand undergraduates snake-danced their way over the campus of old Nassau this evening, as Princeton's ‘Varsity football squad embarked for Cambridge and the Harvard game.’