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

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Origin and Etymology of castanet

Spanish castañeta, from castaña chestnut, from Latin castanea — more at chestnut


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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