chocalho

noun cho·ca·lho \shüˈkal(ˌ)yü\
variants: less commonly

chucalho

Definition of chocalho

plural

-s

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of chocalho

Portuguese, cowbell, rattle, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin cloccaculum, from Medieval Latin clocca bell — more at clock


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