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be·tel

 (bēt′l)
n.
An evergreen vine (Piper betle) of South and Southeast Asia, having heart-shaped or ovate leaves that are used to wrap betel nuts.

[Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila, veṟṟila, from Tamil veṟṟilai.]

betel

(ˈbiːtəl)
n
(Plants) an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
[C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila]

be•tel

(ˈbit l)

n.
an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.
Also called be′tel pep`per.
[1545–55; < Portuguese bétele, bétere < Malayalam viṟṟila]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.betel - Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians
genus Piper, Piper - type genus of the Piperaceae: large genus of chiefly climbing tropical shrubs
pepper vine, true pepper - any of various shrubby vines of the genus Piper
Translations

betel

[ˈbiːtəl]
A. Nbetel m
B. CPD betel nut Nbetel m

betel

nBetel m
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