Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin, often flavored Indian cigarette made of tobacco wrapped in a tendu leaf.

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  • n. a beedi

Etymologies

Hindi bīṛī, from Sanskrit vīṭakam, vīṭikam, areca nut and spices rolled up in a betel leaf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In India, for example, they use bidi, which is hand-rolled tobacco.

    Smoke Alarm

  • A man smokes "bidi," or a small hand-rolled Indian cigarette in Allahabad, India, Monday.

    India in Photos

  • Left, a man smokes a "bidi," or a small hand-rolled Indian cigarette in Allahabad, Monday.

    Snuffing Out Smoking

  • Naidu's new studio was a model of discipline, cleanliness and one never found a cigarette or a 'bidi' butt thrown around the campus.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Add new tag advertisements antismoking bidi celebraties

    GYM 2009 | Archive | February

  • Mukesh Gupta/Reuters A farmer smoked a bidi, an Indian leaf cigarette, near the northern Indian city of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir,.

    India in Pictures

  • A farmer smoked a bidi, an Indian leaf cigarette, firemen attempted to extinguish a fire on a train, Amitabh Bachchan held his newly-born granddaughter, and more.

    India in Pictures

  • As I wrote this, I felt compelled to bidi-bidi-bidi and my husband is now looking at me strangely.

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  • Mukesh Gupta/Reuters A man lit a 'bidi' or an Indian leaf cigarette at a logging mill near the northern Indian city of Jammu, Monday.

    India in Pictures

  • Over 100 million people smoke bidi in India, which annually kills 600,000 people in India.

    2008 March

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