What does piper cubeba mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term piper cubeba:

Princeton's WordNet

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

    tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits


  1. Piper cubeba

    Piper cubeba, 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 cubeb consists of the dried berries, similar in appearance to black pepper, but with stalks attached – the "tails" in "tailed pepper". The dried pericarp is wrinkled, and its color ranges from grayish brown to black. The seed is hard, white and oily. The odor of cubeb is described as agreeable and aromatic and the taste as 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 (كبابة) 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 (Possibly either Philip IV of Spain or John IV of Portugal, as that year was marked by the start of the Portuguese Restoration War) prohibited the sale of cubeb to promote black pepper (Piper nigrum) 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.


  1. piper cubeba

    Piper Cubeba, also known as Cubeb, is a plant in the family Piperaceae, primarily known for its fruit, which is used as a spice, especially in traditional dishes. It is indigenous to Java and Sumatra in Indonesia, and the fruits are gathered before they are ripe. They have a pungent, slightly sweet and spicy flavor, with a hint of eucalyptus. They are also known for their medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine to treat various health conditions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of piper cubeba in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of piper cubeba in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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