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finger cymbals


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n finger cymbals 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
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In literature:

Sometimes castanets are not used; cymbals supplant them, or tambourines, or even fingers.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten

In poetry:

``Her quick—flashing fingers knit the hose
For her little feet neat and nimble;
Her kiss is as sweet as a half—shut rose,
And her laugh like a silver cymbal.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
Bacchante, with her vine-crowned hair,
Leaps to the cymbal-measured dance
With such a passion in her air--
Upon her brow--upon her lips--
As thrills you to the finger-tips,
And fascinates your glance.
"To Alexander Galt, The Sculptor" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Embellishments are zills, the little finger cymbals used by belly dancer s, Panylyk's other part-time job.