plural noun
cro·​ta·​la | \ ˈkrō-tə-lə How to pronounce crotala (audio) \
variants: or less commonly krotala

Definition of crotala

: a percussion instrument of ancient Greece and Rome resembling a pair of clappers or castanets

called also crotal, crotalum

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First Known Use of crotala

1683, in the meaning defined above

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“Crotala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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