variants or cordax
plural -es
: a phallic dance by nude horned figures in the Dionysian orgies of ancient Greece
: a lewd coarse dance derived from the Dionysian kordax and incorporated into Greek and Latin comedy
: any of various lively Renaissance court dances

Word History


Latin cordax, from Greek kordax; akin to Greek kradan to shake, brandish

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“Kordax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kordax. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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