Glossary of Terms
Kuchi (“khoo-chee”)
Oxidized silver jewelry commonly originating from any number of Central Asia nomadic tribes or empires (e.g. Kuchi, Turkoman, Rajasthan). This jewelry is often large and set with semi-precious stones or, when mass-produced, with glass. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Scimitar (“sim-a-tar”)
A curved Asian sword with the edge on the convex side. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Zhagareet (“z-ah-gah-reet”)
A cry made by trilling the tongue against the roof of the mouth while making a high-pitched note as a way for other dancers to express their approval of the performer.
Choli ("cho-lee”)
A short-sleeved blouse or bodice, often one exposing part of the midriff. ( Unabridged (v 1.1)
Oud (“ood”)
A musical instrument of northern Africa and southwest Asia resembling a lute. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Doumbek (“doom-bek”)
The great goblet drum has a single drum head on one end and is open on the other end. The body may be made of beaten, cast, or spun metal (usually of aluminum or copper), ceramic (often with a glued-on head) or wood. Its thin, responsive drumhead and resonance help it produce a distinctively crisp sound. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Reque (“ric”)
A tambourine or a small, round, frame drum stretched with goat, or preferably, fish skin on one side. (Plunkett Percussion)
Zills (“zills”)
A pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Hafla (“hah-flah”)
Arabic for "party" and they generally include belly dance.
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