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castanets

(kăs'tənĕts`), percussion instruments known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, possibly of Middle Eastern origin, now used primarily in Spanish dance music or imitations of it. There are many kinds, the most common consisting of two small matching pieces of hard wood or ivory, joined at the inner edge and used with a thin strap in the player's hand; they are snapped together between the palm and fingers. Castanets are also occasionally used in orchestral music.
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Again he clinks his metal castanet, and leads us leisurely away.
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The two were wonderful together, she small and feisty, and he moving on and around her, castanets chattering.
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The vibrations synchronize with the motions of the male's raised legs, almost as if he's snapping castanets over his head.