Merengues are fast arrangements with a 2/4 beat, originating from the Dominican Republic. The traditional instrumentation includes a “güira” (guiro), which is a percussion instrument that sounds like a scrapper. The Merengue güira is a cylinder of metal with small bumps on it (created with hammer and nail), and played with a stiff wire brush. Merengue is taken from the Spanish name of the meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar. It is unclear as to why this name became the name of the music. Perhaps, it can trace its meaning from the movement on the dance floor that could remind one of an egg beater in action.