zan·​za | \ ˈzanzə \
variants: or sansa \ ˈsan(t)sə \ or less commonly zanze \ ˈzanzə \
plural -s

Definition of zanza

: 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

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History and Etymology for zanza

Arabic ṣanj castanets, cymbals, from Persian sanj

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“Zanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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