from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ceremonial dance of the Hopi in which the dancers traditionally carry live snakes in their mouths.
- n. A procession of people who join hands and move forward in a zigzag line.
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- n. a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
- n. a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
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The snake dance was a martial arts technique supposedly perfected by the Zengakuren, the Japanese student movement, for breaking through police lines.