[ uh-ree-kuh, ar-i- ]
/ əˈri kə, ˈær ɪ- /


any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.

Origin of areca

1500–10; < New Latin (earlier E spellings reflect Portuguese or F); all ultimately < Malayalam aṭaykka Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for areca

/ (ˈærɪkə, əˈriːkə) /


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

Word Origin for areca

C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam adekka
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