cabasa

noun
ca·​ba·​sa | \ kəˈbäsə \
plural -s

Definition of cabasa

: a percussion instrument made of a hollow gourd enclosed in a net of threaded beads for use in a Cuban band

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of cabasa

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cabasa

American Spanish, from Portuguese cabaça, literally, gourd, from Old Portuguese calabazo; akin to Spanish calabaza gourd, Catalan carbassa

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cabasa

Statistics for cabasa

Cite this Entry

“Cabasa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cabasa. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on cabasa

What made you want to look up cabasa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!