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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


nBetel m
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Upon the car, which was drawn by four richly caparisoned zebus, stood a hideous statue with four arms, the body coloured a dull red, with haggard eyes, dishevelled hair, protruding tongue, and lips tinted with betel.
It was as though they were passing along a beaten highway in the center of a civilized community; and yet she knew that the men who lolled upon the verandahs, puffing indolently upon their cigarettes or chewing betel nut, were all head hunters, and that along the verandah rafters above them hung the grisly trophies of their prowess.
Two or three boys awoke and watched him while they prepared and chewed betel nut and lime wrapped in green leaves.
According to the doctors, eating a betel leaf on occasional basis is antiseptic for human body but this new trend of eating packed crushed betel nuts on a regular is very harmful for the oral health of a human being.
Mary Alice Martin, from Betel UK, said: "The 1940s theme continues not only through the decor of the cafe, but on the menu as well.
Unprocessed tobacco sold in loose form, including betel quid with tobacco, is often not taxed and does not display any package warning labels.
References to the betel pepper appear in ancient Greek, Sanskrit, and Chinese literature as early as the first century BC, while chewing betel has long become an important cultural tradition in many parts of southern Asia.
Yet such has been her metamorphosis, Deena has married a fellow recovery addict from Betel.
Presence of phenolic compounds like hydroxychavicol and safrole, and phytochemicals like tannins, gallic acid, catechin, []-sitosterol, gum and amino acids have been reported in betel nut (Wang et al.
Betel chewing has been described as "the daily social lubricant of Southeast Asia".
Abdulkader also said that many schoolchildren are getting addicted to suwayka and another chewable tobacco derivative called betel leaf and areca nut.
People play holy by drinking the cannabis laden yogurt drink and they also have betel leaf.