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maraca

[muh-rah-kuh, -rak-uh]
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noun
  1. a gourd or a gourd-shaped rattle filled with seeds or pebbles and used, often in a pair, as a rhythm instrument.

Origin of maraca

1815–25; < Portuguese < Tupi maráka
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Examples from the Web for maracas

Historical Examples

  • Two guitars, a cornet, maracas, sticks and a lugubrious baritone.

    The Five Arrows</p>

    Allan Chase


British Dictionary definitions for maracas

maraca

noun
  1. a percussion instrument, usually one of a pair, consisting of a gourd or plastic shell filled with dried seeds, pebbles, etc. It is used chiefly in Latin American music

Word Origin

C20: Brazilian Portuguese, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for maracas

see maraca.

maraca

n.

gourd rattle used as a percussion instrument, 1813, from Portuguese, from Brazilian native name.

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