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n. pl. the·or·bos
A large lute with a long neck having two sets of pegs, one set above and somewhat to the side of the other to accommodate a set of bass strings, used in the 1600s and early 1700s.

[French théorbe, from Italian tiorba, of unknown origin.]


n, pl -bos
(Instruments) music an obsolete form of the lute, having two necks, one above the other, the second neck carrying a set of unstopped sympathetic bass strings
[C17: from Italian teorba, probably from Venetian, variant of tuorba travelling bag, ultimately from Turkish torba bag]
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1613), which has an unfigured bass 'con la tiorba'.
As foundation, there are those which guide and sustain the entire body of the voices and instruments of the said concerto; which are organ, cembalo etc., and similarly in the case of few or single voices, lute, tiorba, arpa etc.