cubeb

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noun cu·beb \ˈkyü-ˌbeb\

Definition of cubeb

  1. :  the dried unripe berry of a tropical shrub (Piper cubeba) of the pepper family that is used as a spice

Origin and Etymology of cubeb

Middle English quibibe, cubebe, from Anglo-French quibibe, cubibe, from Medieval Latin cubeba, from dialect Arabic kubāba


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

cubeb

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noun cu·beb \ˈkyü-ˌbeb\

Medical Definition of cubeb

  1. :  the dried unripe berry of a tropical shrub (Piper cubeba) of the pepper family that was formerly used medicinally when powdered for its effect on mucous membranes especially as a urinary antiseptic and to treat chronic bronchitis


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