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sambuca1

[sam-byoo-kuh] /sæmˈbyu kə/
noun
1.
Also, sambuke
[sam-byook] /ˈsæm byuk/ (Show IPA)
. an ancient stringed musical instrument used in Greece and the Near East.
2.
a medieval hurdy-gurdy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English sambuke < Latin sambūca < Greek sambȳ́kē perhaps < Semitic; compare Aramaic sabbəkhā

sambuca2

[sam-boo-kuh; Italian sahm-boo-kah] /sæmˈbu kə; Italian sɑmˈbu kɑ/
noun
1.
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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n.

Italian liqueur resembling anisette, 1971, from Italian, from Latin sambucus "elder tree."

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