variants or less commonly chucalho
plural -s
: a Brazilian rattle commonly consisting of a gourd with its dried seeds inside or a metal sphere with pellets and used as a rhythm instrument

Word History


Portuguese, cowbell, rattle, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin cloccaculum, from Medieval Latin clocca bell

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“Chocalho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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