Castanets

Flamenco castanets Made in Spain.

The Spanish word for castanets is castañuelas, derived from castaña, meaning "chestnut" or "hazel"—castanets were traditionally carved from these woods. The Andalusian word for castanets is "palillos."

Though many people associate the castanets with flamenco, they are not a traditional element of flamenco music or dance; rather, the castanets are an integral part of folkloric Spanish dances, primarily Sevillanas and Escuela Bolera dance.