snake-dance

1 of 2

verb

snake-danced; snake-dancing; snake-dances

intransitive verb

: to engage in a snake dance

snake dance

2 of 2

noun

1
: a ceremonial dance in which snakes or their images are handled, invoked, or symbolically imitated by individual sinuous actions
2
: a group progression in a single-file serpentine path (as in celebration of an athletic victory)

Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snake-dance was in 1772

Dictionary Entries Near snake-dance

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snake-dance

snake dance

Cite this Entry

“Snake-dance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake-dance. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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