A percussion instrument of the Ute people, consisting of a notched wooden stick against which a shorter rod made of wood, bone, or metal is scraped up and down.
The morache is usually played on top of a resonator such as an inverted basket. It produces a sound similar to that of the growl of a bear, and is therefore used by the Utes in providing musical accompaniment to their traditional bear dance.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Anthropologist. Origin uncertain; perhaps from American Spanish morache, although that is first attested later than the English word, is poorly attested, and is itself of uncertain origin (and could show borrowing from the English word).