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maraca Line breaks: ma¦raca
Pronunciation: /məˈrakə/

Definition of maraca in English:


(usually maracas)
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A hollow gourd or gourd-shaped container filled with beans, pebbles, or similar objects, forming one of a pair and shaken as a percussion instrument in Latin American music.
Example sentences
  • One morning the youngest children shook maracas, banged small cymbals, and danced and skipped to international music in a room lined with colorful banners and maps.
  • Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.
  • That zone now belongs to the hordes of zealots invited there personally to take up maracas and other such percussion.


Early 17th century: from Portuguese maracá, from Tupi.

Words that rhyme with maraca

alpaca, attacker, backer, clacker, claqueur, Dhaka, hacker, Hakka, lacquer, paca, packer, sifaka, slacker, smacker, stacker, tacker, tracker, whacker, yakka
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