: a percussion instrument of Latin American origin made of a serrated gourd and played by scraping a stick along its surface

Examples of guiro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As did Romeu, Mr. Virelles plays with accompaniment from just a guiro, the notched and open-ended gourd used for percussion, played here with delicate authority by Rafael Ábalos. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2018 But overall, the album is vintage Romeo in its sophisticated, often jazzy chord and tempo changes, adapted to bachata’s trademark guitar and guiro backbone. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 12 Dec. 2017 The band of seven musicians, including two singers, will play the cuartro, guitar, congas, bongos, and guiro. Courant Community, 18 Sep. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish güiro, literally, calabash

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guiro was in 1898

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“Guiro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guiro. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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