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castanets


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Castanets  \Cas"ta*nets\,  n.  pl  [F.  castagnettes  Sp 
  casta[~n]etas,  fr  L.  castanea  (Sp.  casta[~n]a)  a  chestnut. 
  So  named  from  the  resemblance  to  two  chestnuts,  or  because 
  chestnuts  were  first  used  for  castanets.  See  {Chestnut}.] 
  Two  small  concave  shells  of  ivory  or  hard  wood,  shaped  like 
  spoons,  fastened  to  the  thumb,  and  beaten  together  with  the 
  middle  finger;  --  used  by  the  Spaniards  and  Moors  as  an 
  accompaniment  to  their  dance  and  guitars. 
 
  Note:  The  singular,  castanet,  is  used  of  one  of  the  pair,  or 
  sometimes  of  the  pair  forming  the  instrument. 
 
  The  dancer,  holding  a  castanet  in  each  hand, 
  rattles  then  to  the  motion  of  his  feet.  --Moore 
  (Encyc.  of 
  Music). 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  castanets 
  n  :  a  pair  of  hollow  pieces  of  wood  or  bone  (usually  held 
  between  the  thumb  and  fingers)  that  are  made  to  click 
  together  (as  by  Spanish  dancers)  in  rhythm  with  the  dance 
  [syn:  {bones},  {clappers},  {finger  cymbals},  {maraca}] 




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