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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]