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.

Origin of betel nut

First recorded in 1675–85
Also called areca nut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for betel nut

Historical Examples of betel nut

  • Now she could chew the betel-nut from the box her mother had given her!

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • Sireh—a kind of pepper-leaf which the Dyaks are fond of eating with betel-nut.

    Children of Borneo

    Edwin Herbert Gomes

  • They were entertained with tobacco and betel-nut and young cocoa-nuts.

    Notable Voyagers

    W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

  • “Betel-nut from one of the palms which grow in these parts,” said the mate.

    Jack at Sea

    George Manville Fenn

  • It attaches its nest to the under side of a palm leaf, or a betel-nut leaf.

    Indian Birds

    Douglas Dewar

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
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