from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of palms, one species of which (Areca catechu) produces the areca nut, or betel nut, which is chewed in India and Southeast Asia with the leaf of the Piper Betle and lime.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree of the genus Areca and its fruit (betel-nut). See next definition, and areca-nut.
- n. A genus of palms, natives of tropical Asia and the Malay archipelago, with pinnate leaves and solid, fibrous-coated nuts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several tall tropical palms native to southeastern Asia having egg-shaped nuts
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