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areca

[uh-ree-kuh, ar-i-]
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noun
  1. any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.
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Origin of areca

1500–10; < New Latin (earlier E spellings reflect Portuguese or F); all ultimately < Malayalam aṭaykka
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areca

noun
  1. any of various tall palms of the genus Areca, which are native to SE Asia and have white flowers and orange or red egg-shaped nuts
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Word Origin

C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam adekka
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