[muh-rah-kuh, -rak-uh] /məˈrɑ kə, -ˈræk ə/

a gourd or a gourd-shaped rattle filled with seeds or pebbles and used, often in a pair, as a rhythm instrument.
a percussion instrument, usually one of a pair, consisting of a gourd or plastic shell filled with dried seeds, pebbles, etc. It is used chiefly in Latin American music

see maraca.

gourd rattle used as a percussion instrument, 1813, from Portuguese, from Brazilian native name.


A woman’s breasts; boob: gams and a pair of maracas that will haunt me in my dreams (1939+)

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