Rebec Re"bec (r[=e]"b[e^]k), n. [F., fr. It. ribeca, ribeba, fr. Ar. rab[=a]b 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}.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He turn'd his rebec to a mournful note. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

2. A contemptuous term applied to an old woman. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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