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Princeton's WordNet

  1. betel nut, areca nut(noun)

    seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia

Wiktionary

  1. betel nut(Noun)

    An egg-shaped seed of the betel palm; wrapped in the leaves of the betel pepper and chewed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Betel nut

    the nutlike seed of the areca palm, chewed in the East with betel leaves (whence its name) and shell lime

Freebase

  1. Areca nut

    The areca nut is the seed of the areca palm, which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. It is commonly referred to as betel nut, as it is often chewed wrapped in betel leaves. The term areca originated from a South Asian word during the 16th century, when Dutch and Portuguese sailors took the nut to Europe. The habit has many harmful effects on health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded after reviewing the published medical research that chewing areca nut is carcinogenic to humans. Various compounds present in the nut, most importantly arecoline, contribute to histologic changes in the oral mucosa. As with chewing tobacco, its use is discouraged by preventive efforts, such as awareness of the risks of chewing buai, the use of social media to spread slogans against betelnuts like "no cuts no buts no betelnuts" and student activism to get spit cups into university dining halls so people who chew buai at least spit the buai pekpek in spit cups rather than on the floor. In addition to health issues, the spit from chewing betelnut, buai pekpek, leaves a red stain on the ground that is considered unsightly by many.


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