variants or sansa
or less commonly zanze
plural -s
: an African musical instrument consisting of graduated sets of tongues of wood or metal inserted into and resonated by a wooden box and sounded by plucking with the fingers or thumbs

Word History


Arabic ṣanj castanets, cymbals, from Persian sanj

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“Zanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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