Definition of cuica
: a Brazilian rhythm instrument consisting of a drumhead vibrated by oscillating a rosined string that has been placed through a hole made in it
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Origin and Etymology of cuica
Portuguese, literally, cavy, from Guarani; from its squealing sound
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