Rebec meaning

rē'bĕk'
A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.
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A three-stringed, pear-shaped musical instrument played with a bow: a precursor of the violin, used during the Middle Ages.
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(music) An early three-stringed instrument, somewhat like a simple violin.
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Origin of rebec

  • French 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 in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French rebec, alteration of rubebe.
    From Wiktionary