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merengue, meranga, marengo

/maréyngga, maréynggi/ [Atlantic; cf. Krio maringa idem KED; "from American Sp. merengue, a dance introduced in Puerto Rico in 1842" DJE; Alvarez Nazario (1974:322) suggests that the word is related to the confection meringue (Sp. merengue) by metaphor and notes a possible source in a Fernando Po dance called maringa, identifying this as Bantu although it may well be a borrowing from Krio; cf. Haitian mereng idem HCEFD] n. a popular dance with a lively Latin beat: 1888 A dance called the "Marengo" imported from Cuba (Powles 297). 1966 They dance a meranga (Crowley 139). (Gen.)

Tags: dance, music, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-11 22:16
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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