sambuca

sambuca

1 [sam-byoo-kuh]
noun
1.
Also, sambuke [sam-byook] . an ancient stringed musical instrument used in Greece and the Near East.
2.
a medieval hurdy-gurdy.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English sambuke < Latin sambūca < Greek sambȳ́kē perhaps < Semitic; compare Aramaic sabbəkhā

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sambuca

2 [sam-boo-kuh; Italian sahm-boo-kah]
noun
a licorice-flavored Italian liqueur made from elderberries.

Origin:
1970–75; < Italian, feminine derivative of sambuco elder < Latin sa(m)būcus

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sambuca
It. liqueur resembling anisette, 1971, from It., from L. sambucus "elder tree."
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