betel(redirected from Piper betle)
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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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||betel - Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians|