bour·rée (b-rā, b-)
a. An old French dance resembling the gavotte, usually in 3/4 or 2/2 time beginning with an upbeat.
b. The music for this dance.
2. A movement in ballet in which the dancer transfers body weight quickly from foot to foot, usually on the balls of the feet, in a series of small steps.
[French, from bourrer, to stuff, from bourre, hair, fluff, from Late Latin burra, a shaggy garment.]
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