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re·bec

also re·beck  (rē′bĕk′)
n. Music
A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.

[French, from Old French, alteration (influenced by bec, beak, from its shape) of rebebe, from Old Provençal rebeb, from Arabic rabāb, from rabba, to be master, control; see rbb in Semitic roots.]

rebec

(ˈriːbɛk) or

rebeck

n
(Instruments) a medieval stringed instrument resembling the violin but having a lute-shaped body
[C16: from Old French rebebe, from Arabic rebāb; perhaps also influenced by Old French bec beak]

re•bec

or re•beck

(ˈri bɛk)

n.
a Renaissance fiddle with a pear-shaped body tapering into a neck with a sickle-shaped or scroll-shaped end.
[1500–10; < Middle French; replacing Middle English ribibe < Old French rebebe « Arabic rabāb a Near Eastern fiddle with one to three strings]
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Don Quixote was longer in talking than the supper in finishing, at the end of which one of the goatherds said, "That your worship, senor knight-errant, may say with more truth that we show you hospitality with ready good-will, we will give you amusement and pleasure by making one of our comrades sing: he will be here before long, and he is a very intelligent youth and deep in love, and what is more he can read and write and play on the rebeck to perfection.
The goatherd had hardly done speaking, when the notes of the rebeck reached their ears; and shortly after, the player came up, a very good-looking young man of about two-and-twenty.
With all my heart," said the young man, and without waiting for more pressing he seated himself on the trunk of a felled oak, and tuning his rebeck, presently began to sing to these words.