sambuca

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[ sam-byoo-kuh ]
/ sæmˈbyu kə /
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noun

Also sam·buke [sam-byook] /ˈsæm byuk/. an ancient stringed musical instrument used in Greece and the Near East.
a medieval hurdy-gurdy.

Origin of sambuca

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

Definition for sambuca (2 of 2)

sambuca

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[ sam-boo-kuh; Italian sahm-boo-kah ]
/ sæmˈbu kə; Italian sɑmˈbu kɑ /

noun

a licorice-flavored Italian liqueur made from elderberries.

Origin of sambuca

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