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maraca

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noun ma·ra·ca \mə-ˈrä-kə, -ˈra-\

Simple Definition of maraca

  • : a musical instrument with a handle and a round hollow top that is filled with beads, beans, etc., and is shaken to make noise

Full Definition of maraca

  1. :  a rattle usually made from a gourd that is used as a percussion instrument

Origin of maraca

Portuguese maracá, from Tupi maraká


First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with maraca


MARACA Defined for Kids

maraca

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noun ma·ra·ca \mə-ˈrä-kə, -ˈra-\

Definition of maraca

  1. :  a musical rhythm instrument made of a dried gourd with seeds or pebbles inside that is usually played in pairs by shaking




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