a three-stringed, pear-shaped musical instrument played with a bow: a precursor of the violin, used during the Middle Ages
Origin of rebecFr, altered from Old French rebebe from Arabic rab?b
A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.
Origin of rebecFrench from Old French alteration ( influenced by bec beak, from its shape ) of rebebe from Old Provençal rebeb from Arabic rabāb from rabba to be master, control rbb
- (music) An early three-stringed instrument, somewhat like a simple violin.
From Middle French rebec, alteration of rubebe.