One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A goatskin drum with a round or squared top, played with the hands.
- ‘Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays.’
- 1.1mass noun The calypso-style music associated with the playing of goombay drums.
- 1.2 A dance to goombay music.
- 1.3 (chiefly in the Bahamas) a festival or season of goombay music and dance.
Perhaps from Kikongo ngoma, denoting a type of drum.
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