betel

or be·tel pepper

[ beet-l ]
/ ˈbit l /

noun

an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.

Origin of betel

1545–55; < Portuguese bétele, bétere < Malayalam viṟṟila or Tamil veṟṟilai
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betel

/ (ˈbiːtəl) /

noun

an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia

Word Origin for betel

C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila
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