dumka

noun
dum·​ka | \ ˈdu̇m-kə How to pronounce dumka (audio) \
plural dumky\ ˈdu̇m-​kē How to pronounce dumky (audio) \

Definition of dumka

: an Eastern European folk ballad or lament usually with alternating slow and fast sections

First Known Use of dumka

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dumka

Czech, elegy, from Ukrainian, diminutive of duma narrative folk poem, from Old Russian

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“Dumka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumka. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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