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(rē`bĕk), one of the earliest forms of the violin. It was pear-shaped, had from three to five strings, and possessed a strident tone. Its use, which began in the 13th cent., was to play melodies of popular songs and dance music, accompanied by percussion. The rebec, prevalent in European medieval and early Renaissance music, developed from the Arab instrument, the rehāb.



(also rebek), an ancient stringed and bowed musical instrument. A rebec has a wooden, rimless, and pear-shaped body, whose upper part tapers directly into the neck. The soundboard has two soundholes, and the three strings are tuned in fifths. The rebec first appeared in Western Europe about the 12th century and was used until the third quarter of the 18th century. It influenced the shape of instruments belonging to the violin family.

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While an earlier paper of George Rebec, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, showed the effects of ceftriaxone on cocaine craving, the new paper was the first to localize the effects of ceftriaxone to the nucleus accumbens and was the first to show that ceftriaxone works after long withdrawal periods.
The play opened with the singers and two instrumentalists, the rebec and recorder players, and the others grouped inside the entrance at the back of the nave.
Similar studies could also be done to explore musical instruments using the traditional groups of wind, string, and percussion as a starting point but going beyond the conventional examples to include instruments such as a rebec (a three-string bowed instrument), duduk (a woodwind instrument of Armenian origin), or bodhran (a Celtic traditional drum).
amphetamine, cocaine) and nicotine are not discussed here but are described in other recent reviews (DiFranza and Wellman 2007; Kalivas 2007; Rebec 2006).
Haloperidol, chlorpromazine, and clozapine block the stimulus cues and stereotypies produced by amphetamine but do not antagonize the reduction on the rate of operant response produced by intermediate doses of d-amphetamine (Callahan, Appel, & Cunninghan, 1991; Colpaert, Niemegeers, & Jansen, 1978; Miczek & Yoshimura, 1982; Nielsen & Jepsen, 1985; Tschanz & Rebec, 1988).
But minstrels aren't knights, even though Dinadan sits on his horse in such a way that he can sing and play his rebec with ease as he rides.
30YEARS AGO;AT Haydock, Henry Cecil's Rebec bolts home at 5's in the Cecil Frail Handicap under Frankie Durr from Ben Hanbury's Black Rhino (B Raymond) with Dick Hern's Fireworks Party (J Mercer) back in third.
I hear the Spanish dance with castanets in the chestnut shade, to the rebec and guitar,
Mais que le lecteur des pages qui suivront s'assoie autour de la fontaine des aulnes et ecoute, au son du rebec et du chalumeau, les plaintes des bergers et des bergeres.
Rebec (Henry Cecil/ Frank Durr) books himself a spot in the Jersey Stakes by taking the Cecil Frail Handicap at Haydock.
And you will be able to impress your friends with your new knowledge of musical instruments such as the vielle, the rebec, the rauschpfeiff, the crumhorn, the tabor, and the sackbut.