cu·​beb | \ ˈkyü-ˌbeb How to pronounce cubeb (audio) \

Definition of cubeb

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

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Recent Examples on the Web In the end, my list was short and solid: blood orange, Spanish lemon (not to be confused with Egyptian lemon, which was less smoky), rosemary—a warhorse of the gin trade, and none the worse for that—and cubeb pepper. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 For Salt & Straw's take on the dish, the blood is mixed with cinnamon, cilantro, cubeb pepper, and brandy to create a warm, salty dessert. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Salt & Straw Debuts "Dracula's Blood Pudding" Ice Cream Made With Real Blood," 4 Oct. 2018 In the attempt to conjure a return to nature, Mr. Sercarz created a blend of flavors that includes a wild mint grown in his father’s olive grove in Galilee and Indonesian cubeb berries. Christopher Bollen, WSJ, "Can You Capture Nostalgia in a Bottle of Gin?," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of cubeb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cubeb

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

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“Cubeb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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cu·​beb | \ ˈkyü-ˌbeb How to pronounce cubeb (audio) \

Medical Definition of cubeb

: 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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