betel nut definition

  • noun:
    • The seed for the betel hand, chewed with betel leaves, lime, and flavorings as a mild stimulant. Also known as areca fan.
    • An egg-shaped seed associated with the betel palm; wrapped in the leaves of this betel pepper and chewed.
    • The fan of the arecapalm, Areca Catechu, of East Indies, very esteemed on the list of Asiatics as a masticatory. See areca-nut.
    • seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves associated with the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
  • others:
    • The nutlike seed of this areca hand, chewed within the East with betel leaves (whence its title) and layer lime.

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