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.