maraca

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

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

Nearby words

  1. marabi,
  2. marabou,
  3. marabout,
  4. marabouts,
  5. marabunta,
  6. maracaibo,
  7. maracaibo, lake,
  8. maracanda,
  9. maracas,
  10. maracay

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|Allan Chase


British Dictionary definitions for maracas

maraca

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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Word Origin and History for maracas
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