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castanet

[kas-tuh-net] /ˌkæs təˈnɛt/
noun
1.
either of a pair of concave pieces of wood held in the palm of the hand and clicked together, usually to accompany dancing.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Spanish castañeta, equivalent to castañ(a) chestnut (< Latin castanea) + -eta diminutive suffix; see -et, -ette
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n.

usually castanets, 1640s, from French castagnette or directly from Spanish castañeta diminutive of castaña "chestnut," from Latin castanea (see chestnut).

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