Re"bec (?), n. [F., fr. It. ribeca, ribeba, fr. Ar. rabab a musical instrument of a round form.]

1. Mus.

An instrument formerly used which somewhat resembled the violin, having three strings, and being played with a bow.

[Written also rebeck.]


He turn'd his rebec to a mournful note. Drayton.


A contemptuous term applied to an old woman.




© Webster 1913.

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