Betel meaning

bētl
An evergreen vine (Piper betle) of South and Southeast Asia, having heart-shaped or ovate leaves that are used to wrap betel nuts.
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Either of two plants often used in combination:
  • An evergreen Indian creeping shrub, Piper betle, whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut: the betel pepper.
  • The seed of the betel palm, Areca catechu: the betel nut.
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Origin of betel

  • Portuguese from Malayalam vettila, veṟṟila from Tamil veṟṟilai

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Tamil வெற்றிலை (veṟṟilai), from [script?] (vettr, “variety") [script?] + இலை (ilai, “leaf").

    From Wiktionary