betel nut


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betel nut

also be·tel·nut  (bēt′l-nŭt′)
n.
The seed of the betel palm, chewed with leaves from the betel plant, slaked lime, and flavorings as a mild stimulant. Also called areca nut.

betel nut

n
1. (Plants) the seed of the betel palm, chewed with betel leaves and lime by people in S and SE Asia as a digestive stimulant and narcotic

be′tel nut`


n.
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.
[1675–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.betel nut - seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
edible seed - many are used as seasoning
Areca catechu, betel palm - southeastern Asian palm bearing betel nuts (scarlet or orange single-seeded fruit with a fibrous husk)
Translations

betel nut

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References in classic literature ?
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.
Penang in Malaysia is known as the Pearl of the Orient but the exotic island called Pulau Pinang actually translates in Malay as Betel Nut Island.
The Kan Tang used in the Wai Kru ceremony usually comprises flowers, betel nut sets, incense, candles, money, and red and white cloth.
In its most traditional form, betel nut quid is made by spreading slaked lime and/or catechu onto the betel leaf, and then rolling in the shards of areca nut and other preferred additives (Williams et al.
Typically, the spices that would have been stored inside were for the preparation of paan, an Indian digestive made from betel leaves filled with various nuts, spices, fruits, sugar, and frequently betel nut, which turns the mouth dark red.
A young, bare-breasted beauty in a skirt of multihued hibiscus and betel nut leaves stood silently in the small airport terminal.
A shop owner developed mouth cancer as a result of following a cultural traditional of chewing betel nut.
Betel nut use was associated with a greater risk of skin lesions in a multivariate model [odds ratio (OR) = 1.
The use of tobacco and betel nut in eastern and southern Asian communities is probably a contributing factor to the increased cases of cancer in the Asian population.
As an occasional betel nut chewer, I note that the report "Palm-Nut Problem" (SN: 1/15/05, p.