One of them is a rebec with three strings; the other is a small violin.
The rebec was not known in Arabia until nearly two centuries after we find the crwth mentioned by Venance Fortunatus.
Mention is made of a rebec, attributed to Andrea Amati, dated 1546.
Bonnivet, during his investment of Milan, had posted Bayard with a small corps in the village of rebec.
This rebab is an exact counterpart of the rebec formerly popular in Western Europe.
And it was so ready with refrains and lays and songs and new tunes, that harp, or viol, or rebec were as nought beside it.
It was Rizzio's skill upon the rebec that had first attracted Mary's attention.
medieval stringed musical instrument, early 15c., from Middle French rebec (15c.), an unexplained alteration (perhaps somehow influenced by bec "beak") of Old French ribabe (13c.), ultimately from Arabic rebab. Cf. Old Provençal rebec, Italian ribeca. It has three strings and is played with a bow.