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A Latin-American percussion instrument consisting of a hollow-gourd rattle containing pebbles or beans and often played in pairs.

[Portuguese maracá, probably from Tupí.]


(Instruments) 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]


(məˈrɑ kə, -ˈræk ə)

n., pl. -rac•as.
a gourd-shaped rattle filled with seeds or pebbles and used as a rhythm instrument.
[1815–25; < Portuguese < Tupi maráka]
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Noun1.maraca - a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow gourd containing pebbles or beansmaraca - a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow gourd containing pebbles or beans; often played in pairs
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
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For a paper bag maraca, put some beans in a paper bag, tie it securely, then decorate and shake.
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Now two-and-a-half, Iona listens to Piccolo CDs on her pink stereo every morning in her bedroom, singing along, shaking her maraca and often doing the actions.
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