theorbo

[ thee-awr-boh ]
/ θiˈɔr boʊ /
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noun, plural the·or·bos.

an obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck.

Origin of theorbo

1595–1605; < Italian teorba, variant of tiorba, special use of Venetian tiorba, variant of tuorba traveling bag ≪ Turkish torba bag; so called from the bag it was carried in
Related formsthe·or·bist, noun
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theorbo

/ (θɪˈɔːbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos

music an obsolete form of the lute, having two necks, one above the other, the second neck carrying a set of unstopped sympathetic bass strings
Derived Formstheorbist, noun

Word Origin for theorbo

C17: from Italian teorba, probably from Venetian, variant of tuorba travelling bag, ultimately from Turkish torba bag
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