One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a repertory of Indian dances for women on the theme of love, originally from Kerala in south-western India.
1940s. From Tamil mohinīāṭṭam from Mohinī, the name in Sanskrit of a celestial nymph or apsara, regarded as the supreme seductress of Hindu mythology (from Sanskrit mohinī, feminine of mohin bewildering, infatuating) + Tamil āṭṭam dance.
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