Definition of guiro in English:

guiro

noun

  • A musical instrument with a serrated surface which gives a rasping sound when scraped with a stick, originally made from a gourd and used in Latin American music.

    • ‘At this moment, the loudspeakers fill the club with the distinctly raw and powerful tuba, guiro, and tarola (snare drum) sounds of Bostich's hit ‘Polaris.’’
    • ‘Then there were one or two battered tambourines for those of us who might later on in life decide to join the Salvation Army, and there was a guiro too (very Latin!).’
    • ‘It seemed that every bar, no matter how tiny, had wedged a trio of musicians into a corner - one singing, one playing guitar and another scratching out a raspy beat on the guiro, a hollow gourd played with a stick.’
    • ‘However, the entrance of a clear cumbia rhythmic pattern played by the guiro, as well as a new rhythmic emphasis provided by the congas in measure 9, reverses our rhythmic interpretation of the introductory passage.’
    • ‘Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.’
    • ‘It then simmers down into a spacy section featuring the gongs before the other instruments rejoin with a guiro for the climax.’
    • ‘Out of the dry, prolonged scraping of six guiros, a stomping ‘Red and black dance’ emerges, and as it crumbles and reconstitutes itself it picks up enormous momentum.’
    • ‘Chilean-born Marco Claveria (vocals, tres, guiro, acoustic guitar) was introduced into the mix, then trombonist J.C. Jones was replaced with the duelling brass of Jim and Craig Brenan.’

Origin

Spanish, gourd.

Pronunciation

guiro

/ˈɡwɪərəʊ/