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betel nut

the astringent kernel of the seed of the betel palm, chewed in many tropical regions in combination with slaked lime and the leaves of the betel plant.
Also called areca nut.
Origin of betel nut
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of those present, sometimes a priest, lays a plate with seven offerings of betel nut upon the grave.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • Arecoline is an oil, and the physiological action of the betel nut is alone due to this substance.

  • betel nut and betel leaf are a very common cure for pains in the stomach.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • The use of the cocoa, or betel nut, is universal among the men, but not so common with the women until they grow old.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • In taste the betel nut is exceedingly astringent and can not be used except in combination with the betel leaf and lime.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • We have previously noticed the decorated bags and baskets which serve as pockets, and also contain the betel nut outfits.

  • In this way the betel nut and leaf are rendered sufficiently soft for mastication.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • In this first precinct are the vendors of betel nut, cigars and tobacco, delicacies and refreshments.

  • Add to this the red tinge left on the lips by chewing of the betel nut and the mouth is anything but beautiful.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
British Dictionary definitions for betel nut

betel nut

the seed of the betel palm, chewed with betel leaves and lime by people in S and SE Asia as a digestive stimulant and narcotic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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