Definition of bomba
1 : a traditional Puerto Rican drum consisting of a barrel with a goatskin head
2 : a genre of Puerto Rican dance accompanied by drums and other percussion; also : a song sung by a soloist and chorus to accompany a bomba
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Origin and Etymology of bomba
borrowed from American Spanish (Puerto Rico), probably feminine derivative of Spanish bombo “drum,” derivative of the onomatopoeic base of earlier bomba “pump, bomb”
First Known Use: 1951See Words from the same year
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