A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.
A three-stringed, pear-shaped musical instrument played with a bow: a precursor of the violin, used during the Middle Ages.
Other Word Forms
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.