• WordNet 3.6
    • n cubeb a cigarette containing cubeb
    • n cubeb tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits
    • n cubeb spicy fruit of the cubeb vine; when dried and crushed is used medicinally or in perfumery and sometimes smoked in cigarettes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cubeb kū"bĕb 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cubeb 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cubeb kū′beb the dried berry of Piper cubeba, a climbing shrub, native to Sumatra—useful as a stomachic and carminative in indigestion, for piles and for sore throats
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cubèbe,cf. It. cubebe, Pr., Sp., Pg., & NL. cubeba,), fr. Ar. kabābat,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cubèbe—Ar. kabābah.


In literature:

Such things as copaiba, cubebs, sandalwood, alcohol, coffee, etc., have their recognizable fragrance.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
And Miss Aggie, although she is very sweet, is always smoking cubeb cigarettes for hay fever, and it looks terrible!
"Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Nothing like cubebs for your disorder.
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
He was inhaling a cubeb cigarette.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
I used cubebs and glycerine for a long time; they only relieved me while I was using them.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He smoked cubeb cigarettes with an almost unprecedented precocity.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Tonics, into which cayenne pepper, cubebs, or balsam of pepper enter, are to be tried, and cod-liver oil also is worth an experiment.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Cubebs cigarettes have the same effect on older people.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
There grows in this island pepper, cinnamon, ginger, bamboos, cubebs, and gold.
"A Description of the Coasts of East Africa and Malabar" by Duarte Barbosa
Cubebs have been given in incredible doses, two drachms of the powder to a child a year old.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In news:

2 tablespoons mixed peppercorns (long pepper, Pondicherry, cubeb and Tasmanian black pepper).
Bombay Sapphire is made using 10 botanicals, including cubeb berries from Java and grains of paradise from West Africa.
Bombay Sapphire is made using 10 botanicals, including cubeb berries from Java and grains of paradise from West Africa.