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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A rhythm instrument used especially by dancers that consists of two small shells of ivory, hard wood, or plastic which are fastened together to hang from the thumb by a double loop and are clicked together by the other fingers -- usually used in plural.

Usage examples (31)
  • "Your teeth click together like a castanet rattling," said Velasco,
  • We shook hands all around -- Shoftel's knuckles popped castanet-loud.
  • Following them, war-chariots thundered by with a castanet accompaniment of jingling harness and jarring armor.
  • He has a deep interest in the Third World, obviously maintains lively political interests but indulges in no castanet act of his own. for more
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