noun cas·ta·net \ˌkas-tə-ˈnet\

Definition of CASTANET

:  a percussion instrument used especially by dancers that consists of two small shells of hard wood, ivory, or plastic usually fastened to the thumb and clicked together by the other fingers —usually used in plural

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Origin of CASTANET

Spanish castañeta, from castaña chestnut, from Latin castanea — more at chestnut
First Known Use: circa 1647


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