rebec(redirected from rebecs)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.
re·becalso re·beck (rē′bĕk′)
A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.
(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]
or re•beck(ˈri bɛk)
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]