Origin of castanetsFrench castagnettes from Spanish castañetas (pl.) from diminutive of castaña, chestnut from Classical Latin castanea (see chestnut): so named from their shape
a pair of small, hollowed pieces of hard wood, ivory, etc., held in the hand by a connecting cord and clicked together with the fingers to beat time to music, esp. in Spanish dances
- However, many of these steps are given their own particularly Philippine style - for example, instead of Spanish castanets, bamboo castanets were invented.
- In Spain, traditional dance music, called Flamenco, consists of elaborate strums of the guitar, accompanied by claps, castanets and stamping heels.
- "Oh, my bower new...!" chimed in twenty voices, and the castanet player, in spite of the burden of his equipment, rushed out to the front and, walking backwards before the company, jerked his shoulders and flourished his castanets as if threatening someone.
- No grave note, warning us that the pleasures of this earth are fleeting, that the visible world is but a symbol of the invisible, that human life is a probation for the life beyond, interrupts the tinkling music as of castanets and tripping feet which gives a novel charm to these unique relics of the 13th century.
- Clattering which has been likened to that of castanets, it approaches the exit of its retreat, whence at nightfall it issues in search of its food, which, so far as is known, consists entirely of oily nuts or fruits, belonging especially to the genera Achras, Aiphanas, Laurus and Psichotria, some of them sought, it would seem, at a very great distance, for Funck (Bull.