Origin of arecaModern Latin from Port; probably from Malayalam adekka
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
- 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
- His nose is not only the flattest, but also the smallest among the IndoChinese; his eyes are rarely oblique; his mouth is large and his lips thick; his teeth are blackened and his gums destroyed by the constant use of the betel-nut, the areca-nut and lime.
- Clay-pipes may also give rise to cancer of lips in males in England, while cancer of the mouth of both sexes is common in India where chewing a mixture of betel leaves, areca-nut, tobacco and slaked lime is the usual practice.
- The chief exports consist of rice, rattans, torches, dried fish, areca-nuts, sesamum seeds, molasses, sea-slugs, edible birds' nests and tin.
- Areca-nut Island), the town and island which, after Singapore, form the most important portion of the crown colony of the Straits Settlements.
- The coast region is characterized by mangroves, Pandanus, rattans, and similar palms with long flexible stems, and the middle region by the great rice-fields, the coco-nut and areca palms, and the usual tropical plants of culture.