Re"bec (?), n. [F., fr. It. ribeca, ribeba, fr. Ar. rabab a musical instrument of a round form.]
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.
A contemptuous term applied to an old woman.
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