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 for Castanets
From 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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The singular, castanet, is used of one of the pair, or,
           sometimes, of the pair forming the instrument.
           [1913 Webster]
                 The dancer, holding a castanet in each hand,
                 rattles them to the motion of his feet. --Moore
                                                    (Encyc. of
           [1913 Webster]

From 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]

From 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,
     vibraphone, xylophone

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