castanet

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Spanish castañeta, diminutive form of castaña, from Latin castanea, from Ancient Greek καστάνεια (kastáneia, chestnut).

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castanet (plural castanets) (usually in plural)

  1. (music) A single handheld percussion instrument, from of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by string. Normally not used in singular.

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