Definition of cubeb in English:

cubeb

noun

  • 1A tropical shrub of the pepper family, which bears pungent berries.

    1. 1.1[mass noun]The dried unripe berries of the cubeb, used medicinally and to flavour cigarettes.
      • ‘Sapphire, with grains of paradise and cubeb berries added to Bombay's botanical mix, has flavor and welcoming aromas.’
      • ‘Grind the pink peppercorns and cubeb berries until very fine.’
      • ‘In Europe the cubeb was a minor spice of late medieval times and the 17th century and was still being mentioned (sometimes as Benin pepper) in some recipes in 18th-century European cookery books.’
      • ‘Can you talk me through the Kelly chicken breast with pigeon peas, cubeb berries and Dalmatian sage?’
      • ‘In a medium saucepan, caramelize the sugar, orange and lemon zest, cardamom, pink peppercorns, and cubeb berries.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French cubebe, from Spanish Arabic kubēba, from Arabic kubāba.

Pronunciation:

cubeb

/ˈkjuːbɛb/