- 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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Davey was thrashing in the water, his face swollen and bloody, his eyes rattling like dried peas in a maraca.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
- 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 for maraca
C20: Brazilian Portuguese, from Tupi
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gourd rattle used as a percussion instrument, 1813, from Portuguese, from Brazilian native name.
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