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; see rbb in Semitic roots.
- (music) An early three-stringed instrument, somewhat like a simple violin.
From Middle French rebec, alteration of rubebe.