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, "‘Igbó Alákorin (The Singer’s Grove), Vol. I & II’ by David Virelles and ‘Pillars’ by Tyshawn Sorey Reviews," 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, "Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks," 12 Dec. 2017 The band of seven musicians, including two singers, will play the cuartro, guitar, congas, bongos, and guiro. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 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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The first known use of guiro was in 1898

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“Guiro.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guiros. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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