any of a genus (Areca) of palm trees, native to Asia and Australia, with a smooth, slender trunk and feathery compound leaves; esp., the betel palm
Origin of arecaModern Latin from Port; probably from Malayalam adekka
- See betel palm.
- Any of various other palms in the genera Areca and Dypsis.
Origin of arecaPortuguese from Malayalam a&tlowdot;ekka areca nut from Tamil a&tlowdot;aikkāy