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

Examples of cubeb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the heat of cubeb berries from Java to the spice of West African Grains of Paradise, every one of Bombay Sapphire’s ten botanicals are chosen to bring their own special something to the gin. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 That’s rounded out with an unusual bite of cubeb pepper (a type of peppercorn) and grains of paradise (the seeds from a plant in the same family as ginger). Paul Stephen,, 13 June 2020 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, 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, 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, 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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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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