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ring' shout"




a group dance of West African origin introduced into parts of the southern U.S. by black revivalists, performed by shuffling counterclockwise in a circle while answering shouts of a preacher with corresponding shouts, and held to be, in its vigorous antiphonal patterns, a source in the development of jazz.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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