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or rebeck

[ree-bek] /ˈri bɛk/
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
1745-55; < Middle French; replacing Middle English ribibe < Old French rebebeArabic rabāb rebab Unabridged
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a medieval stringed instrument resembling the violin but having a lute-shaped body
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C16: from Old French rebebe, from Arabic rebāb; perhaps also influenced by Old French bec beak
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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.

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