crotala

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plural noun cro·ta·la \ˈkrō-tə-lə\
variants: less commonly

krotala

Definition of crotala

  1. :  a percussion instrument of ancient Greece and Rome resembling a pair of clappers or castanets —called also crotal, crotalum

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1683

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1683


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