danse du ventre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Used of African dance in 1850 (Vignaud Pamphlets: African Negro, p. 90). Popularized as applying to oriental (Turkish or Arab) dance in 1864 for the promotion of the exhibition of the painting L'Almée by J. L. Gérôme.[1]

Noun[edit]

danse du ventre f (plural danses du ventre)

  1. belly dance