ma·ra·ca | \mə-ˈrä-kə, -ˈra- \

Definition of maraca 

: a rattle usually made from a gourd that is used as a percussion instrument

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An eleven-foot-tall maraca, decorated with a cheerfully skeletal grimace of frosting-like acrylic paint, welcomes visitors to this exuberant show, which riffs on pre-Columbian motifs and was inspired by the artist’s experiments with ayahuasca. The New Yorker, "Tamara Gonzales," 31 Mar. 2017 One morning, the sound of their shaking maracas and ukulele strumming suddenly stopped, and his teacher interrupted my lesson. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Raising a bilingual child, far from home, and perhaps to my son’s dismay," 1 Feb. 2017 Sega’s cult classic maracas-shaking rhythm game Samba De Amigo will be headed to Nintendo’s console. Chris Kohler, WIRED, "Samba De Amigo Shakes Up Wii," 24 Sep. 2007

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First Known Use of maraca

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maraca

Portuguese maracá, from Tupi maraká

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The first known use of maraca was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of maraca

: a musical instrument with a handle and a round hollow top that is filled with beads, beans, etc., and is shaken to make noise


ma·ra·ca | \mə-ˈrä-kə, -ˈra-\

Kids Definition of maraca

: a musical rhythm instrument made of a dried gourd with seeds or pebbles inside that is usually played in pairs by shaking

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