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1In Malaysia: a dancing girl; a female professional dancer who performs with a ronggeng troupe.
2A form of Malaysian popular dancing, often accompanied by singing.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Stamford Raffles (1781–1826), colonial governor and founder of Singapore. From Malay ronggeng dancing girl, professional dancer, a form of dancing, probably from Javanese.
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