- a Renaissance fiddle with a pear-shaped body tapering into a neck that ends in a sickle-shaped or scroll-shaped pegbox.
Origin of rebec
Examples from the Web for rebec
One of them is a rebec with three strings; the other is a small violin.
Mention is made of a Rebec, attributed to Andrea Amati, dated 1546.The Violin
The rebec was not known in Arabia until nearly two centuries after we find the crwth mentioned by Venance Fortunatus.
Bonnivet, during his investment of Milan, had posted Bayard with a small corps in the village of Rebec.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
This rebab is an exact counterpart of the rebec formerly popular in Western Europe.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
- a medieval stringed instrument resembling the violin but having a lute-shaped body
Word Origin and History for rebec
medieval stringed musical instrument, early 15c., from Middle French rebec (15c.), an unexplained alteration (perhaps somehow influenced by bec "beak") of Old French ribabe (13c.), ultimately from Arabic rebab. Cf. Old Provençal rebec, Italian ribeca. It has three strings and is played with a bow.