maraca

[ muh-rah-kuh, -rak-uh ]
/ məˈrɑ kə, -ˈræk ə /

noun

a gourd or a gourd-shaped rattle filled with seeds or pebbles and used, often in a pair, as a rhythm instrument.

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Origin of maraca

1815–25; < Portuguese < Tupi maráka
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British Dictionary definitions for maraca

maraca
/ (məˈrækə) /

noun

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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