betel nut

betel nut
noun
seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
Syn: ↑areca nut
Hypernyms: ↑edible seed
Part Holonyms: ↑betel palm, ↑Areca catechu

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noun, pl ⋯ nuts [count]
: the seed of an Asian tree that is chewed with betel by some people in southeastern Asia

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ˈbetel nut f13 noun
the slightly bitter nut of a tropical Asian ↑palm, that is cut into small pieces, wrapped in ↑betel leaves, and chewed
 
Word Origin:
[betel nut] Portuguese betel from Malayalam ver̲r̲ila

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  • betel nut — [bēt′ l] n. [because chewed with betel pepper leaves] the fruit of the betel palm, chewed with leaves of the betel pepper by some Southeast Asian peoples as a mild stimulant …   English World dictionary

  • Betel nut — Be tel nut The nutlike seed of the areca palm, chewed in the East with betel leaves (whence its name) and shell lime. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • betel nut — n [U and C] small pieces of red nut with a bitter taste, that are wrapped in a betel leaf and chewed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • betel nut — ► NOUN ▪ the astringent seed of an areca palm, chewed with betel leaves …   English terms dictionary

  • betel nut — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms betel nut : singular betel nut plural betel nuts the nut of a palm tree from Southeast Asia that people cut into pieces, wrap in a leaf from the betel plant, and chew …   English dictionary

  • betel nut — /ˈbitl nʌt / (say beetl nut) noun the fruit of the betel palm, chewed as a stimulant in parts of Asia and the Pacific; areca nut. See betel. {betel + nut} …  

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  • Betel nut beauty — The term Betel nut beauty (also betel nut girl 檳榔西施, pinyin: bīnláng xīshī ) refers to a common sight along roadsides in Taiwan: a young woman selling betel nuts and cigarettes from a brightly lit glass enclosure while wearing revealing… …   Wikipedia

  • betel nut — the astringent kernel of the seed of the betel palm, chewed in many tropical regions in combination with slaked lime and the leaves of the betel plant. Also called areca nut. [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

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