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sam·bu·ca 1

 (săm-bo͞o′kə, säm-bo͞o′kä)
An ancient triangular stringed instrument.

[Greek sambūkē, from Aramaic sabbəkā, from səbak, to fasten, cling; see śbk in Semitic roots.]

sam·bu·ca 2

 (săm-bo͞o′kə, säm-bo͞o′kä)
An Italian liqueur with the flavor of anise.

[Italian, originally a trade name created by Italian liqueur producer Luigi Manzi (fl. 19th century) from Italian dialectal (Istria) sambuchelli, water carriers distributing water and anise liquor to laborers, from Italian sambuco, elderberry (probably from the traditional use of elder blossom syrup to flavor drinks) , from Latin sambūcus; perhaps akin to Dacian seba.]
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1. (Instruments) Also called: sambuke an ancient Greek stringed instrument producing a shrill tone
2. (Historical Terms) Roman history an engine for storming city walls
3. (Military) Roman history an engine for storming city walls
[Latin sambuca, from Greek sambykē, probably an Asiatic word]


(Brewing) an Italian aniseed-flavoured liqueur
[Italian, from Latin sambucus elder tree ]
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Noun1.sambuca - an Italian liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice
cordial, liqueur - strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
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(31.) For example, see the Sambuka episode (Uttarakanda 64-67).
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