castanet

castanet

[kas-tuh-net]
noun
either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.

Origin:
1640–50; < Spanish castañeta, equivalent to castañ(a) chestnut (< Latin castanea) + -eta diminutive suffix; see -et, -ette

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castanet
1647, from Sp. castaneta dim. of castana "chestnut," from L. castanea.
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