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min'strel show"

a popular stage entertainment featuring comic dialogue, song, and dance in highly conventionalized patterns, performed by a troupe of actors, traditionally comprising two end men and a chorus in blackface and an interlocutor: developed in the U.S. in the early and mid-19th century.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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