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1. See betel palm.
2. Any of various other palms in the genera Areca and Dypsis.
[Portuguese, from Malayalam aṭekka, areca nut, from Tamil aṭaikkāy.]
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1. (Plants) any of various tall palms of the genus Areca, which are native to SE Asia and have white flowers and orange or red egg-shaped nuts
2. (Botany) any of various tall palms of the genus Areca, which are native to SE Asia and have white flowers and orange or red egg-shaped nuts
[C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam adekka]
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a•re•ca(əˈri kə, ˈær ɪ-)
n., pl. -cas.
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.
[1500–10; < New Latin < Malayalam aṭaykka]
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|Noun||1.||areca - any of several tall tropical palms native to southeastern Asia having egg-shaped nuts|
feather palm - palm having pinnate or featherlike leaves
genus Areca - a monocotyledonous genus of palm trees
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