juba

noun
ju·​ba | \ˈjü-bə \

Definition of juba 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a dance of Southern plantation blacks accompanied by complexly rhythmic hand clapping and slapping of the knees and thighs

Juba

geographical name
Ju·​ba | \ˈjü-bə, -ˌbä\

Definition of Juba (Entry 2 of 2)

town and capital of South Sudan population 244,000

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Clapping and thigh slapping recall juba dancing, and a circle dance suggests the rudimentary moves of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of juba

Noun

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juba

Noun

origin unknown

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