from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A rattle or clapper, made of wood or bone, anciently used in Egypt and Greece.
- noun A name given to bells of the form of sleigh-bells or grelots.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Mus.) A kind of castanet used by the Corybantes.
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- noun A kind of
clapperor castanetused in religious dancesby groups in Ancient Greece(including the Korybants) and elsewhere.
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From Latin crotalum, from Ancient Greek κρόταλον (krotalon, "clapper, castanet, rattle").
I have, indeed, to some extent gone with strange women, but I have not delayed over long in taverns to watch the young Syrians dance to the sound of the crotalum.