plural noun
cro·​tales | \ ˈkrōˌtäl, -ōtᵊ \

Definition of crotales

1 : a percussion instrument consisting of a set of twelve very small, thick cymbals tuned to the chromatic scale

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First Known Use of crotales

circa 1903, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for crotales

French, from Latin crotalum

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“Crotales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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