betel nut

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noun

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.
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betel nut

noun

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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