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cubeb

[ kyoo-beb ]

noun

  1. the spicy fruit or drupe of an East Indian climbing shrub, Piper cubeba, of the pepper family.


cubeb

/ ˈkjuːbɛb /

noun

  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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cubeb1

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin cubēba < Arabic kubābah (classical Arabic kabābah ); replacing Middle English cucube, quibibe < Anglo-French, Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cubeb1

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

Ordinarily, when afflicted by a catarrhal visitation, it is my habit to use for alleviation cubeb cigarettes.

He smoked cubeb cigarettes with an almost unprecedented precocity.

The cubeb is cultivated in Java and Sumatra, the fruits are gathered before they are ripe, and carefully dried.

There was a strange medicinal odor—as of cubeb cigarettes—in the air.

The cubeb-yielding plant is not unlike the pepper plant and belongs to the same family (Piperaceae).

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