from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An evergreen Indo-Malayan climbing or trailing shrub (Piper betle), having usually ovate leaves used to wrap betel nuts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two plants often used in combination
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of pepper (Piper betle), the leaves of which are chewed, with the areca or betel nut and a little shell lime, by the inhabitants of the East Indies. It is a woody climber with ovate many-nerved leaves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of pepper, Piper betle, a creeping, or climbing plant, a native of the East Indies, natural order Piperaceæ.
- n. A piece of betel-nut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians
Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila, veṟṟila, from Tamil veṟṟilai.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Tamil வெற்றிலை (veṟṟilai) Tamil ("vettr"=variety ref + இலை (ilai, "leaf")), (Source: OED) (Wiktionary)