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castanet

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noun cas·ta·net \ˌkas-tə-ˈnet\

Definition of castanet

  1. :  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




CASTANET Defined for Kids

castanet

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noun cas·ta·net \ˌka-stə-ˈnet\

Definition of castanet for Students

  1. :  a rhythm instrument that consists of two small flat round parts fastened to the thumb and clicked by the fingers —usually used in pl.




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