Origin of betel nutbecause chewed with betel pepper leaves
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the fruit of the betel palm, chewed with lime and the leaves of the betel pepper by some Southeast Asian peoples as a mild stimulant
The seed of the betel palm, chewed with leaves from the betel plant, slaked lime, and flavorings as a mild stimulant. Also called areca nut .
(plural betel nuts)
- An egg-shaped seed of the betel palm; wrapped in the leaves of the betel pepper and chewed.
- The villages, which are always walled round by groves of bamboos and betel-nut palms, have often a very striking appearance; and Backergunje has many beauties of detail which strike a traveller in passing through the country.
- The betel-nut or areca palm is chiefly grown in certain favoured localities, such as the deltaic districts of Bengal and the highlands of southern India.