- 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
Two guitars, a cornet, maracas, sticks and a lugubrious baritone.The Five Arrows
- 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
C20: Brazilian Portuguese, from Tupi
Word Origin and History for maracas
gourd rattle used as a percussion instrument, 1813, from Portuguese, from Brazilian native name.
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