maraca

[muh-rah-kuh, -rak-uh]

Origin of maraca

1815–25; < Portuguese < Tupi maráka
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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 for maraca

C20: Brazilian Portuguese, from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for maraca
n.

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

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