castanet

[ kas-tuh-net ]
/ ˌkæs təˈnɛt /

noun

either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.

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Origin of castanet

1640–50; < Spanish castañeta, equivalent to castañ(a) chestnut (< Latin castanea) + -eta diminutive suffix; see -et, -ette
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