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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.]
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(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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