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cubeb

[kyoo-beb] /ˈkyu bɛb/
noun
1.
the spicy fruit or drupe of an East Indian climbing shrub, Piper cubeba, of the pepper family.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Medieval Latin cubēba < Arabic kubābah (classical Arabic kabābah); replacing Middle English cucube, quibibe < Anglo-French, Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
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cubeb

/ˈkjuːbɛb/
noun
1.
a SE Asian treelike piperaceous woody climbing plant, Piper cubeba, with brownish berries
2.
the unripe spicy fruit of this plant, dried and used as a stimulant and diuretic and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cubebe, from Medieval Latin cubēba, from Arabic kubābah
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