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theorbo
[thee-
awr
-boh]
/θiˈɔr boʊ/
IPA
Syllables
Word Origin
noun
,
plural
theorbos.
1.
an obsolete bass lute with two sets of strings attached to separate peg boxes, one above the other, on the neck.
Origin of
theorbo
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Italian
Venetian
Turkish
1595-1605
1595-1605;
<
Italian
teorba,
variant of
tiorba,
special use of
Venetian
tiorba,
variant of
tuorba
traveling bag ≪
Turkish
torba
bag; so called from the bag it was carried in
Related forms
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theorbist,
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for
theorbo
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theorbo
/
θɪˈɔːbəʊ
/
noun
(
pl
)
-bos
1.
(
music
) an obsolete form of the lute, having two necks, one above the other, the second neck carrying a set of unstopped sympathetic bass strings
Derived Forms
theorbist,
noun
Word Origin
C17: from Italian
teorba,
probably from Venetian, variant of
tuorba
travelling bag, ultimately from Turkish
torba
bag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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