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  • n. A vining plant of Sumatra, whose leaves may be chewed with betel nuts or used medicinally to shrink the vagina after childbirth.

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Examples

  • Then overcome with jealousy, the six sisters ran to meet their handsome brotherin-law and vied with each other for the privilege of carrying his betel sack, saying “I want to hold the sirih-sack of my brother-in-law.”

    Asian-Pacific Folktales and Legends

  • The bride sits in state and receives the congratulatory visits of her relatives and friends, and after the actual ceremony is over, the newly-married couple sit on a seat raised above the guests, and the sirih and betel-nut are largely chewed.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • One of these contained betel-nut, and the other sirih leaves.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • In a small Bamboo case, prettily carved and ornamented, the Dyak carries his sirih and lime for betel chewing, and his little long-bladed knife has a Bamboo sheath.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • They started on the 10th of April, and the house was crowded with about a hundred men, boys, women, and girls, bringing their loads of sugar-cane, plantains, sirih-leaf, yams, &c.; one lad going from each house to sell the produce and make purchases.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • And on the day before that appointed for starting, all the chiefs both great and small came to Mataram, the abode of the king, with their horses and their servants, and the bearers of their sirih boxes, and their sleeping-mats, and their provisions.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The Rajah seated himself opposite to her in a similar chair, and a similar spittoon and sirih-box were held by a little boy squatting at his side.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • So he went on with two boys only who carried his sirih and betel, and soon reached the top of the mountain among great rocks, on the edge of the great gulf whence issue forth continually smoke and vapour.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • A married woman may not accept a cigar or a sirih leaf from

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The men cultivate a little sirih (the pungent pepper leaf used for chewing with betel-nut) and a few vegetables; and once a year rudely plough a small patch of ground with their buffaloes and plant rice, which then requires little attention until harvest time.

    The Malay Archipelago

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