aká [áká] n.
akaba [àkàbà] n.
a ritual dance which forms part of the Ọkhuahẹ festival.
akpata [ák͡pátá] n.
an indigenous musical instrument that is played like a harp.
asologun [àsólógṹ] n.
égbọ [ég͡bɔ̀] n.
a variety of traditional songs sung on solemn occasions such as funerals.
ehọ2 [èhɔ́] n.
an annual festival of sacrifice to the ancestors.
ekasa2 [èkàsà] n.
a very colourful dance performed by a dance troupe from Ogbelaka as part of the ceremonies to celebrate the Oba’s coronation.
ekoko [èkókò] n.
Utte masquerades, noted for the long chins of their masks. The masquerade is said to date back to the reign of Oba Ohẹn in the 14th century.
ekokoma [èkókómà] n.
a variety of native pop dance.
ekhárha [èxářà] n.
recitation; recital.
ekpo [èk͡pò] n.
1. masquerade;
2. a particular masquerade society of young boys.
ema1 [èmà] n.
drum; there are different varieties, such as emẹdo; emighan; emugho; etc.
emaba [èmàbà] n.
1. a variety of drum made from calabash, with a rattle attached to it; it is played in palace festivals;
2. a dance for which the emaba drum is used.
emẹdo [èmɛ̃̀dò] n.
(< ema + Ẹdo) “drum of Benin”: a big round drum beaten with one stick and beaten during ugie ukpetuẹ.
emighan [èmĩ́ɣã̀] n.
a drum for chiefs, placed on the ground and beaten with two sticks.
emizaduma [èmĩ́zàdùmã́] n.
a war drum.
emizagbẹdẹ [èmĩ́zàgbɛ́dɛ́] n.
a drum played for the izagbẹdẹ dance.
emugho [èmṹɣò] n.
a small dancedrum beaten by hand, and used mainly by women.
esakpaede [èsákpáedè] n.
1. a variety of drum, used for a dance by the same name, and danced to by men (ighele).
ezikẹn [ézíkɛ̃̀ɛ̃́] n.
1. flute; it is made from a long thin calabash, and played during certain palace festivals;
2. the whining of a child.
ẹgiọn [ɛ́gyɔ̃́] n.
a single-stringed native musical instrument fashioned like a bow. It is put in the mouth and played with two sticks.
ẹgbẹdin [ɛ̀g͡bɛ̀dĩ́] n.
cylindrical drum; large barrel.
ẹghute [ɛ̀ɣùté] n.
a kind of dance.
ẹrere [ɛ́ɽéɽé] n.
idan [ídã̀] n.
a drum beaten after the Ọba when he is going to an ugie.
igiangian [ìgyã̀gyã̀] n.
1. excited singing, shouting and clapping of hands, in support of masquerade dancers or wrestlers;
2. the excited cry or panic of someone in anticipation of pain (e.g. when an ulcer is going to be cleaned or dressed).
igiawe [ìgyáwɛ̀] n.
1. footsteps; the stamping of feet;
2. the heel of the foot.
ìgho [ìɣò] n.
ihuan [ìhwã́] n.
iku3 [ìkù] n.
1. play; games; dances, etc;
2. friendship; cordiality.
ikpema [ìk͡pèmã̀] n.
the original royal drummers who resided in Ikpema quarters (idunmwũ̀n ikpema).
ikpezikẹn [ìk͡pèzìkɛ̃̀] n.
the blowers of horn-trumpets and calabash flutes for the Ọba.
ikpẹkete [ìk͡pɛ̀kètè] n.
drummers placed behind the Oba while he is in attendance at a ceremony.
ikpisẹ [ìk͡písɛ̀] n.
(< ikpẹ-isẹ) the black seeds woven in a net around a calabash to make the musical instrument known as ukusẹ.
ikpolẹki [ìk͡pólɛ̀kì] n.
an annual festival of the deity Ọkhuahẹ.
izabọbọ [ìzabɔ̀bɔ̀] n.
merriment in the form of singing and dancing.
óko [ókò] n.
a horn (usually of ivory or from cattle) blown by native doctors in some of their rituals.
ókpe [ók͡pè] n.
1. a flute (usually made from a variety of calabash);
2. also generally for any resonating musical trumpet; saxophone, etc.
opirhi [ópìří] n.
a kind of dance which entails swinging the waist back and forth; it is native to the Delta peoples and danced mainly by women.
ọkpakpata [ɔ̀k͡pàk͡pàtà] n.
(< ọ-kpe-akpata) akpata player (usually accompanies the playing with a chant of folk narratives).
ọkpema [ɔ̀kpèmà] n.
ube [úbè] n.
a variety of native drum beaten by women mainly in palace festivals.
ugba [úg͡bà] n.
a kind of dance usually performed at second burial ceremonies.
ugbemwẹn1 [ùg͡béɱɛ̃̀] n.
(< u ― gbe ― mwẹn)
1. dancing;
2. dance.
úghe [ùɣé] n.
1. a show; a performance (e.g. of dances or acrobatic display);
2. look; gaze; stare:
Ughe ne ọ ghe mwẹn re ma yẹẹ mwen“The way that she looked at me did not please me.”
ugho [ùɣò] n.
a kind of dance.
ukè1 [ùkè] n.
a kind of merry dance which entails short quick steps and stamping of the feet.
ukusẹ [úkúsɛ̀] n.
a musical instrument in the form of a round calabash rattle, played mainly by women.
ukpukpẹ [úk͡púk͡pɛ̀] n.
1. a kind of brisk dance in which dancers jog up and down to a fast-beat song and music. It is usually performed during second-burial processions, and thanksgiving processions by chiefs;
2. (fig.) an ordeal of going back and forth for a cause that seems endless:
Ke ne ọ ya gha khuọnmwin gha dee, ukpukpẹ asokito ẹre i gbe“Since he became sick till now, I have been going back and forth to the hospital.”