from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine (Piper cubeba) having spicy, berrylike fruits, heart-shaped leaves, and small flowers in cylindrical spikes.
- n. The dried, unripe, berrylike fruit of this plant, used in perfumery, pharmaceuticals, and commercial flavorings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The tailed pepper, Piper cubeba; an Indonesian plant cultivated for its berries and essential oil.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The small spicy berry of the Piper Cubeba, a climbing shrub of Java and other East Indian islands. It resembles a grain of pepper, but is somewhat longer. In aromatic warmth and pungency cubebs are far inferior to pepper; but they are much valued for their use in diseases of the urinary system and of the bronchial tubes. Sometimes called cubeb pepper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cigarette containing cubeb
- n. tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits
- n. spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
Middle English cubebe, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cubēba, from Arabic dialectal kubāba, variant of Arabic kabāba.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cubèbe, from Arabic كبابه (kabābah). (Wiktionary)