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.

Nearby words

  1. betazole,
  2. betcha,
  3. bete noire,
  4. beteach,
  5. betel,
  6. betel palm,
  7. betelgeuse,
  8. beth,
  9. beth din,
  10. beth hillel

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

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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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