rebec

noun
re·​bec | \ ˈrē-ˌbek How to pronounce rebec (audio) , ˈre-(ˌ)bek\
variants: or rebeck

Definition of rebec

: an ancient bowed usually 3-stringed musical instrument with a pear-shaped body and slender neck

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Tyler researched instruments that immigrants brought from all over the world, using the rebec, hurdy-gurdy, chitarrone, accordion and fiddle, as well as Native American flutes and drums, to evoke a sense of history. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Maniac,' 'Romanoffs,' 'Succession' Composers Reveals Unusual Inspirations," 7 June 2019 Tyler researched instruments that immigrants brought from all over the world, using the rebec, hurdy-gurdy, chitarrone, accordion and fiddle, as well as Native American flutes and drums, to evoke a sense of history. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Maniac,' 'Romanoffs,' 'Succession' Composers Reveals Unusual Inspirations," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of rebec

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebec

Middle English rebecke, from Middle French rebec, alteration of Old French rebebe, from Old Occitan rebeb, from Arabic rabāb

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