Definition of makossa in US English:

makossa

(also mokossa)

noun

  • An African dance rhythm originating in Cameroon; music using this rhythm.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Billboard. From Duala makossa, derivative of kosa to peel or remove the skin of (a fruit or vegetable); the name refers to the twisting and shaking movements of the dancer.

Pronunciation

makossa

/məˈkɒsə/