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a·re·ca

 (ə-rē′kə, ăr′ĭ-kə)
n.
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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areca

(ˈærɪkə; əˈriːkə)
n
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.areca - any of several tall tropical palms native to southeastern Asia having egg-shaped nutsareca - 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
Areca catechu, betel palm - southeastern Asian palm bearing betel nuts (scarlet or orange single-seeded fruit with a fibrous husk)
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