guiro

noun
gui·​ro | \ ˈwē-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce guiro (audio) , ˈgwir-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce guiro (audio) \

Definition of guiro

: 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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First Known Use of guiro

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guiro

American Spanish güiro, literally, calabash

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“Guiro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guiro. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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