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  • noun Alternative spelling of rebec.


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  • ‘Hey, now the day dawns,’ but it has recalled some note of your blythe rebeck; and yet, such animals are we, that I had forgot the mien of my old friend, and scarcely knew him at a distance.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Rosewal and Lilian, and, replacing his three-stringed fiddle, or rebeck, in its leathern case, followed the crowd, with no good-will, to the exhibition which had superseded his own.

    The Abbot

  • A fair sight we are; and had I but a rebeck or a guitar at my back, and a jackanapes on my shoulder, we should seem as joyous a brace of strollers as ever touched string at a castle gate.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Why, I thought you would have made all split long since — Come, strike up, tabor and harp, strike up, fiddle and rebeck — dance and be merry today, and let care come tomorrow.

    The Abbot

  • The goatherd had hardly done speaking, when the notes of the rebeck reached their ears; and shortly after, the player came up, a very good – looking young man of about two-and-twenty.

    Don Quixote

  • "With all my heart," said the young man, and without waiting for more pressing he seated himself on the trunk of a felled oak, and tuning his rebeck, presently began to sing to these words.

    Don Quixote

  • Anselmo, for having so many other things to complain of, he only complains of separation, and to the accompaniment of a rebeck, which he plays admirably, he sings his complaints in verses that show his ingenuity.

    Don Quixote

  • In the sixteenth century the three-stringed rebeck received a fourth string and became the violin, the most expressive of all musical instruments.

    Early European History

  • The rebeck, to whose loud and harsh strains the medieval rustic had danced, [Footnote: The rebeck probably had been borrowed from the Mohammedans.] by the addition of a fourth string and

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.

  • Cimarron also was busy tuning his rebeck and trying over the melodies of the songs which Ranulph the troubadour had written for this little drama.

    Masters of the Guild


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