from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single handheld percussion instrument, from of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by string. Normally not used in singular.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See castanets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a pair of slightly concave spoon-shaped shells of ivory or hard wood, loosely fastened together at the base, and used (slung over the thumb) in beating time to music or dancing.
Spanish castañeta, from castaña, chestnut, from Latin castanea; see chestnut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish castañeta, diminutive form of castaña, from Latin castanea, from Ancient Greek καστάνεια (kastaneia, "chestnut"). (Wiktionary)