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Tarantism

The dancing mania, extremely contagious. It broke out in Germany in 1374, and in France in the Great Revolution, when it was called the Carmagnole. Clergymen, judges, men and women, even the aged, joined the mad dance in the open streets till they fell from exhaustion.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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