rebec

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French rebec, alteration of rubebe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹiːbɛk/, /ˈɹɛbɛk/

Noun[edit]

rebec (plural rebecs)

  1. (music) An early three-stringed instrument, somewhat like a simple violin.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      The villages also must have their visitors to enquire what lectures the bagpipe and the rebbeck reads ev'n to the ballatry, and the gammuth of every municipal fidler, for these are the Countrymans Arcadia's and his Monte Mayors.

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