guiro

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish güiro.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡwɪɹoʊ/, /ˈɡwiːɹoʊ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡwaɪɹəʊ/

Noun[edit]

guiro (plural guiros)

  1. A musical instrument made of a hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side, and played by rubbing a stick or scraper ("pua") along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 721:
      The house band consisted of gigantic guitars, fiddles, trumpets, and accordion, with rhythms provided by a batería including timbales, guiros, and congas.

Synonyms[edit]

agbe, shekere, ralabazo, ruayo, ralladera, rascador, güira