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noun gui·ro \ˈwē-(ˌ)rō, ˈgwir-(ˌ)ō\

Definition of guiro

  1. :  a percussion instrument of Latin-American origin made of a serrated gourd and played by scraping a stick along its surface

Origin and Etymology of guiro

American Spanish güiro, literally, calabash

First Known Use: 1898

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