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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.
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Origin of sambuca

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

Other definitions for sambuca (2 of 2)

sambuca2
[ 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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