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κρόταλον). A kind of castanet or rattle used by dancers, and distinct from the cymbalum (q. v.) and the sistrum (q. v.). It was used by the Egyptians, and specimens of all these instruments have been found in the tombs or de

Crotalistria. (Spon.)

picted on the monuments. The simplest form was a couple of shells or potsherds, pierced with holes and strung together; but brass and wood are also mentioned as materials (Eurip. Cycl. 204; Mart.xi. 16). Women who danced to the crotalum were called crotalistriae (Propert. v. 8, 39).

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