[muh-rah-kuh, -rak-uh]
a gourd or a gourd-shaped rattle filled with seeds or pebbles and used, often in a pair, as a rhythm instrument.

1815–25; < Portuguese < Tupi maráka Unabridged
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maraca (məˈrækə)
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]

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Word Origin & History

"gourd rattle used as a percussion instrument," 1824, from Port., from Brazilian native name.
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Example sentences
Plena ensembles sometimes added a conga drum and a single maraca as well as a trumpet, clarinet or accordion.
Pulling together a string of on-beat maraca hits is no mean feat and, when achieved, gives players a real buzz.
Cut-outs in the shape of stars, squares and other geometric figures are located inside the maraca.
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