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- percussion instrument (idiophone) consisting of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by string, held in the hand and used to produce clicking sounds
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cas"ta*nets, n. pl. [F.
castagnettes, Sp. castañetas, fr. L.
castanea (Sp. castaña) 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.
&fist; 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).
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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