betel nut
noun Etymology: from its being chewed with betel leaves Date: 1673 the astringent seed of the betel palm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • betel nut — [bēt′ l] n. [because chewed with betel pepper leaves] the fruit of the betel palm, chewed with leaves of the betel pepper by some Southeast Asian peoples as a mild stimulant …   English World dictionary

  • Betel nut — Be tel nut The nutlike seed of the areca palm, chewed in the East with betel leaves (whence its name) and shell lime. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • betel nut — n [U and C] small pieces of red nut with a bitter taste, that are wrapped in a betel leaf and chewed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • betel nut — ► NOUN ▪ the astringent seed of an areca palm, chewed with betel leaves …   English terms dictionary

  • betel nut — noun seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia • Syn: ↑areca nut • Hypernyms: ↑edible seed • Part Holonyms: ↑betel palm, ↑Areca catechu * * * noun, pl ⋯ nuts …   Useful english dictionary

  • betel nut — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms betel nut : singular betel nut plural betel nuts the nut of a palm tree from Southeast Asia that people cut into pieces, wrap in a leaf from the betel plant, and chew …   English dictionary

  • betel nut — /ˈbitl nʌt / (say beetl nut) noun the fruit of the betel palm, chewed as a stimulant in parts of Asia and the Pacific; areca nut. See betel. {betel + nut} …   Australian English dictionary

  • betel nut — Areca nut, the nut of the areca palm, Areca catechu (family Palmae), of the East Indies, chewed by the natives; contains arecoline; produces central nervous system stimulation; stains teeth and gums red. * * * betel nut n the astringent seed of… …   Medical dictionary

  • betel nut — 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. Also called areca nut. [1675 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • betel nut — be′tel nut n. bot 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 • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • betel nut — noun (C, U) small pieces of red nut with a bitter taste, that are wrapped in a betel leaf and chewed (chew1 (2)) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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