alt. sp. of pan
Fresh betel leaves wrapped around pieces of betel nut, slaked lime, spices, and often tobacco and other ingredients into small packets, traditionally chewed as a mild stimulant and breath freshener in South and Southeast Asia.
Origin of paanHindi and Urdu pān leaf, paan from Middle Indic pa&nlowdot;&nlowdot;a- from Sanskrit par&nlowdot;am feather, leaf ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.