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Meaning of CASTANETS

Pronunciation:  `kastu'nets

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a percussion instrument consisting of 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

CASTANETS is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bones, clappers, finger cymbals, maraca
 See Also: percussion instrument, percussive instrument



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: battery, bells, bones, celesta, chime, chimes, clappers, crash cymbal, cymbals, finger cymbals, gamelan, glockenspiel, gong, handbells, idiophone, lyra, maraca, marimba, metallophone, orchestral bells, percussion, percussion instrument, percussions, percussive, rattle, rattlebones, sizzler, snappers, tam-tam, tintinnabula, tonitruone, triangle, tubular bells, vibes, vibraphone, xylophone