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  • n. A stringed musical instrument, related to the lute, used especially in Islamic countries

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of several varieties of viol common in Mohammedan countries, from which it is supposed that the European rebec was derived.


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  • "The musicians, players of rebab, utar, and ney, endeavor to hammer out tunes in her praise."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 82 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 23, 2011