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often castanets A percussion instrument consisting of a pair of slightly concave shells of ivory or hardwood, held in the palm of the hand by a connecting cord over the thumb and clapped together with the fingers.

[Spanish castañeta, from castaña, chestnut, from Latin castanea; see chestnut.]


(ˌkæs təˈnɛt)

Usu., castanets. a small percussion instrument consisting of two concave shells of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked rhythmically together esp. to accompany dancing.
[1640–50; < Sp castañeta, derivative of castañ(a) chestnut < Latin castanea]
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The festival featured painting workshops, free live demonstrations, and plain air painting sessions (outdoor painting) at various locations in the UAE, conducted by well-known contemporary watercolourists, including Alvaro Castagnet.
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Esportiu Rocafort Squash Open, Barcelona, Spain: 1st round: Constantino Casas (Spa) bt (1) Luca Mastrostefano (Ita) 11-5 10-11 (1 - 3) 11 - 7 11 - 8, (5) Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) bt Philip Nightingale (Eng) 11-6 5-11 9-11 11-8 11-1, (4) Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe) bt Alejandro Garbi Caro (Spa) 11 - 5 11 - 9 11 - 6, (7) Fabien Verseille (Fra) bt (Q) Rene Mijs (Ned) 11-4 11-10 2-0) 4-11 4-11 11-8, Oriol Salvia (Spa) bt (6) Yann Perrin (Fra) 11-4 11-5 6-11 11-2, Nick Wall (Eng) bt (3) Andras Torok (Hun) 11-10 (3-1) 7-11 2-11 11-10 (2-0) 11-4, Sam Atkins (Nzl) bt (8) Petros Tzamaloukas (Gre) 11 - 7 11 - 3 11 - 5, Chris Ryder (Eng) bt (2) Ahmed Mohsen Hassaan (Egy) 11-5 10-11 (0-2) 11-6 11-6.