noun (1)
ja·​ra·​na | \ həˈränə \
plural -s

Definition of jarana

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large Central American manbarklak (Eschweilera jarana) with hard heavy durable wood used chiefly for heavy construction
2 : the salmon pink to reddish brown variegated wood of the jarana


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of jarana (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a couple dance of Yucatan that is performed with waltz and zapateado steps
2 : a stringed instrument of Mexico resembling a ukulele

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History and Etymology for jarana

Noun (1)

American Spanish

Noun (2)

American Spanish, from Spanish, fun, merrymaking, trick, deceit, alteration of harana, arana trick, deceit

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“Jarana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jarana. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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