Definitions

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  • n. A percussion instrument (idiophone) consisting of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string, held in the hand and used to produce clicking sounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

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Examples

  • Daikoku band: they were to sing the ballads Those with the castanets were the Ebisu party and formed the chorus.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • Other girls were provided with a kind of castanets, -- two flat pieces of hard dark wood, connected by a string.

    Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints

  • "Mexican Girl" brings in some obvious yet suitable flourishes, such as castanets and Spanish guitar, neither of which one tends to associate with the Beach Boys.

    Expecting Rain

  • They were weak and paused often, catching themselves, in the act of stooping, with giddy motions, or staggering to the center of operations with their knees shaking like castanets.

    The Wisdom of the Trail

  • They were weak, and paused often, catching themselves, in the act of stooping, with giddy motions, or staggering to the centre of operations with their knees shaking like castanets.

    THE WISDOM OF THE TRAIL

  • La Movida first showed the world that Spain — which now conjures up images of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, Pedro Almod ó var's melodramas and Ferran Adri à 's foams — could mean more than castanets, bull fights and suntan lotion.

    In Madrid, the Party Goes On, Austero Style

  • The castanets of her many bracelets tinck-tincked as her bright eyes surveyed the room taking in the surface of things.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • The castanets dangling from her key chain clatter in her hand.

    Claudia Ricci: Seeing Red -- "Look, Jack, It's Over!!"

  • She lifts her arms above her head and makes castanets of her fingers.

    Castanets '84

  • For a run-through of the new song "On and On," Mr. Weckerman shakes both a rainstick and castanets before switching to a pitch pipe, while the band's other drummer, Stan Demeski, strikes a tambourine, the song slowly cresting.

    The Feelies Decide It's Time

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  • bilby's bandicootic testicles rattled like castanets.

    October 20, 2011

  • *bilbydances*

    October 19, 2009

  • and, I'll play the clarinet
    use clam shells for castanets
    we play with our bags on our shoulders
    my sweet lady lioness

    October 19, 2009

  • :-)

    October 13, 2009

  • Put Funicello and O'toole in a play?

    October 12, 2009