1. [syn: bones, castanets, clappers, finger cymbals]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Castanets \Cas"ta*nets\, n. pl. [F. castagnettes, Sp.
casta[~n]etas, fr. L. castanea (Sp. casta[~n]a) a chestnut.
So named from the resemblance to two chestnuts, or because
chestnuts were first used for castanets. See Chestnut.]
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.
Note: The singular, castanet, is used of one of the pair, or,
sometimes, of the pair forming the instrument.
The dancer, holding a castanet in each hand,
rattles them to the motion of his feet. --Moore
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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 [syn: bones,
castanets, clappers, finger cymbals]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "castanets":
battery, bells, bones, celesta, chime, chimes, clappers,
crash cymbal, cymbals, finger cymbals, gamelan, glockenspiel, gong,
handbells, idiophone, lyra, maraca, marimba, metallophone,
orchestral bells, percussion, percussion instrument, percussions,
percussive, rattle, rattlebones, sizzler, snappers, tam-tam,
tintinnabula, tonitruone, triangle, tubular bells, vibes,