Definition of guiro in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡwɪərəʊ/

noun (plural guiros)

A musical instrument with a serrated surface which gives a rasping sound when scraped with a stick, originally made from a gourd and used in Latin American music.
Example sentences
  • It seemed that every bar, no matter how tiny, had wedged a trio of musicians into a corner - one singing, one playing guitar and another scratching out a raspy beat on the guiro, a hollow gourd played with a stick.
  • Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.
  • At this moment, the loudspeakers fill the club with the distinctly raw and powerful tuba, guiro, and tarola (snare drum) sounds of Bostich's hit ‘Polaris.’


Spanish, 'gourd'.

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