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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cas·ta·nets, n. pl.  Two small, concave shells of ivory or hard wood, shaped like spoons, fastened to the thumb, and beaten together with the middle finger; -- used by the Spaniards and Moors as an accompaniment to their dance and guitars.
 Note:The singular, castanet, is used of one of the pair, or, sometimes, of the pair forming the instrument.
    The dancer, holding a castanet in each hand, rattles them to the motion of his feet.   --Moore (Encyc. of Music).

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow
          pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb
          and fingers) that are made to click together (as by
          Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance [syn: bones,
          clappers, finger cymbals, maraca]