rebec

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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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It was nothing but soprano rebecs, counter-tenor rebecs, and tenor rebecs, not to reckon the flutes and brass instruments.
She picks out the trope of making music as euphemism for sex and shows that playing on one's instrument was a practice favoured by a variety of musicians, including lutenists and rebecs.