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  • n. A dance of French origin, common in Auvergne and Biscay in Spain in the 17th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old French dance tune in common time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lively dance, originating either in Auvergne or in Biscay.
  • n. A musical composition in which the strict rhythm and cheerful character of such a dance are embodied.


French (Wiktionary)


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  • French baroque dance with quick rhythm. (from Phrontistery)

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