• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rebec A contemptuous term applied to an old woman.
    • Rebec (Mus) An instrument formerly used which somewhat resembled the violin, having three strings, and being played with a bow. "He turn'd his rebec to a mournful note."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rebec A musical instrument, the earliest known form of the viol class. It had a pear-shaped body, which was solid above, terminating in a slender neck and a carved head, and hollow below, with sound-holes and a sound post. The number of strings was usually three, but was sometimes only one or two. They were tuned in fifths, and sounded by a bow. The tone was harsh and loud. The rebec is known to have been in use in Europe as early as the eighth century. Its origin is disputed, but is usually attributed to the Moors of Spain. It was the precursor of the true viol in all its forms, and continued in vulgar use long after the latter was artistically established.
    • n rebec An old woman: so called in contempt. Compare ribibe, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rebec rē′bek a musical instrument of the violin kind, with three strings played with a bow, introduced by the Moors into Spain.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. ribeca, ribeba, fr. Ar. rabāb, a musical instrument of a round form
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rebec (Sp. rabel)—Ar. rabāba.


In literature:

There was plenty of singing, and the violins and rebecs, flutes, and reed-pipes were never silent.
"A Word Only A Word, Complete" by Georg Ebers
At this instant the united sound of the lofty harp, the melodious rebec, and the chearful pipe, summoned them once again to the plain.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
Bonnivet, during his investment of Milan, had posted Bayard with a small corps in the village of Rebec.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume IV. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The rebec was not known in Arabia until nearly two centuries after we find the crwth mentioned by Venance Fortunatus.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Mention is made of a Rebec, attributed to Andrea Amati, dated 1546.
"The Violin" by George Hart
At Mother Rebec's, with you to-night, I drank some for the second time in my life.
"The Devil's Pool" by George Sand
Made good rebecs, violas and viols da gamba.
"Violins and Violin Makers" by Joseph Pearce

In news:

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