In defining bull-dance, wordnik.com states it is a dance performed by men only. But I couldn’t find it in any dictionary, and I cannot find a supporting reference for this definition.
Nor could I find any evidence for this definition. I also asked one of my American friends about the meaning of the word, and he told me, “I have never heard it.”
Encyclopedia Britannica says it is a Native American dance.
This term is likely American and was in common use in 19th century American English.
If the term is indeed of Native American provenance then what is the significance of the bull-dance? If not then where does this word come from?