rebec

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noun re·bec \ˈrē-ˌbek, ˈre-(ˌ)bek\

Definition of rebec

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

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Variants of rebec

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rebeck

Origin and Etymology of rebec

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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