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sambuca1

[sam-byoo-kuh]
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noun
  1. Also sam·buke [sam-byook] /ˈsæm byuk/. an ancient stringed musical instrument used in Greece and the Near East.
  2. a medieval hurdy-gurdy.
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Origin of sambuca1

1350–1400; Middle English sambuke < Latin sambūca < Greek sambȳ́kē perhaps < Semitic; compare Aramaic sabbəkhā

sambuca2

[sam-boo-kuh; Italian sahm-boo-kah]
noun
  1. a licorice-flavored Italian liqueur made from elderberries.
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Origin of sambuca2

1970–75; < Italian, feminine derivative of sambuco elder < Latin sa(m)būcus
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n.

Italian liqueur resembling anisette, 1971, from Italian, from Latin sambucus "elder tree."

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