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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.]


(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]


(ˈbit l)

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


A. Nbetel m
B. CPD betel nut Nbetel m


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Since Piper betle leaves are used in folk medicine of Bangladesh for treatment of both pain as well as to lower blood sugar, the objective of this study was to evaluate the antihyperglycemic and antinociceptive potentials of leaves of this plant.
3-O-[alpha] amazonenesis -L-arabinopyranosyl (1 2) [alpha] -L-rhamnopyranoside, (iii) Quercetin (Quercetin 3-0 -L-rhamnopyranoside Piper betle L.
Lowat is a patent-pending ingredient derived from the Ayurvedic plants Piper betle and Dolichos biflorus.
People typically chew betel as a quid consisting of nut pieces from an Areca catechu palm mixed with powdered lime (calcium hydroxide) and wrapped in the leaf of the pepper plant Piper betle.