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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be′tel nut`(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Botany

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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


  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


  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 name areca origin from Malayalam adakka, during the 18th century Dutch and Portuguese sailors took to Europe. The habit has many harmful effects on health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that chewing areca nut is carcinogenic to humans after reviewing the published medical research. 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.


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