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re·bec also re·beck  audio  (rbk) KEY 

NOUN:
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A pear-shaped, two-stringed or three-stringed medieval instrument, played with a bow.

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


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