sambuca

1
[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. samba,
  2. sambal,
  3. sambar,
  4. sambo,
  5. sambre,
  6. same,
  7. same difference,
  8. same here,
  9. same old story, the,
  10. same to you

Origin of sambuca

1
1350–1400; Middle English sambuke < Latin sambūca < Greek sambȳ́kē perhaps < Semitic; compare Aramaic sabbəkhā

sambuca

2
[ sam-boo-kuh; Italian sahm-boo-kah ]
/ sæmˈbu kə; Italian sɑmˈbu kɑ /

noun

a licorice-flavored Italian liqueur made from elderberries.

Origin of sambuca

2
1970–75; < Italian, feminine derivative of sambuco elder < Latin sa(m)būcus

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Word Origin and History for sambuca

sambuca

n.

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

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