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” — more at 1bomb
First Known Use: 1951
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