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sambūca , ae, f., = σαμβύκη.
I. A triangular stringed-instrument of a very sharp, shrill tone (and hence of slight esteem), Plaut. Stich. 2, 2, 57; Scipio Afric. ap. Mácr. S. 2, 10; Pers. 5, 95; Spart. Hadr. 26; cf. Fest. pp. 324 and 325 Müll.; Isid. 3, 20, 7; Vulg. Dan. 3, 5.—
II. Transf., a machine of like form used by besiegers; a sort of bridge for storming walls, Veg. Mil. 4, 21; Vitr. 10, 22; cf. Fest. 1. c.
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