Definitions for cubebˈkyu bɛb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cu•bebˈkyu bɛb(n.)

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

    Category: Plants

Origin of cubeb:

1250–1300; ME cucube < AF, MF < ML cubēba < Ar kubābah (classical Ar kabābah)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cubeb(noun)

    spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes

  2. cubeb, cubeb vine, Java pepper, Piper cubeba(noun)

    tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits

  3. cubeb, cubeb cigarette(noun)

    a cigarette containing cubeb

Wiktionary

  1. cubeb(Noun)

    The tailed pepper, ; an Indonesian plant cultivated for its berries and essential oil.

  2. Origin: From cubèbe, from كبابه.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cubeb(noun)

    the small, spicy berry of a species of pepper (Piper Cubeba; in med., Cubeba officinalis), native in Java and Borneo, but now cultivated in various tropical countries. The dried unripe fruit is much used in medicine as a stimulant and purgative

Freebase

  1. Cubeb

    Cubeb, or tailed pepper, is a plant in genus Piper, cultivated for its fruit and essential oil. It is mostly grown in Java and Sumatra, hence sometimes called Java pepper. The fruits are gathered before they are ripe, and carefully dried. Commercial cubebs consist of the dried berries, similar in appearance to black pepper, but with stalks attached — the "tails" in "tailed pepper". The dried pericarp is wrinkled, its color ranges from grayish-brown to black. The seed is hard, white and oily. The odor of cubebs is described as agreeable and aromatic; the taste, pungent, acrid, slightly bitter and persistent. It has been described as tasting like allspice, or like a cross between allspice and black pepper. Cubeb came to Europe via India through the trade with the Arabs. The name cubeb comes from Arabic kabāba, which is of unknown origin, by way of Old French quibibes. Cubeb is mentioned in alchemical writings by its Arabic name. In his Theatrum Botanicum, John Parkinson tells that the king of Portugal prohibited the sale of cubeb in order to promote black pepper around 1640. It experienced a brief resurgence in 19th-century Europe for medicinal uses, but has practically vanished from the European market since. It continues to be used as a flavoring agent for gins and cigarettes in the West, and as a seasoning for food in Indonesia.

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