or be·tel pepper



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for betel

1550s, probably via Portuguese betel, from Malayalam vettila, from veru ila "simple leaf."

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