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Origin of cubeb

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin cubēba < Arabic kubābah (classical Arabic kabābah); replacing Middle English cucube, quibibe < Anglo-French, Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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smoke, puff, butt, reefer, cubeb, fag, biri, gasper

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British Dictionary definitions for cubeb


  1. a SE Asian treelike piperaceous woody climbing plant, Piper cubeba, with brownish berries
  2. the unripe spicy fruit of this plant, dried and used as a stimulant and diuretic and sometimes smoked in cigarettes

Word Origin for cubeb

C14: from Old French cubebe, from Medieval Latin cubēba, from Arabic kubābah
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