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.
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- 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
In the rare instances where scholarly literature mentions its subjective effects, the news about betel is uniformly good: It imparts the ... repeatedly described sensation of well-being, good humor, excitation, and comfort ...
When a visitor calls the betel-box is immediately passed to him; and as in regard to the eating of salt in Western Asia, so, in the eastern and southern portions, those who have once partaken of betel-nut together are ever after sworn to faithful and undying friendship.
The tall, slender areca palm, which stands about every kampong, supplies the natives with their great luxury -- an acorn, known as the betel-nut, which, when crushed and mixed with lime leaves, takes the place of our chewing tobacco.
The betel is a species of pepper, the leaf of which very much resembles that of the black pepper, but is highly aromatic and pungent.
The betel is a creeping-plant with an aromatic leaf.
This is an herb called betel, or _paune_, its leaf resembling that of our ivy.
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The source of their euphoria is "binglang," the dried fruit of the areca palm, sometimes referred to as betel nut, which sets the nervous system buzzing and warms the body, especially after a large banquet.
She escaped a year again and through Apne-Aap has started her own "betel" shop (a digestive snack).
Strictly speaking, "betel" is the leaf of a climbing plant (buyo) that is chewed with the nut.
Thus, if your mother-in-law is called Dalu, which means "betel," you may not ask for betel by its ordinary name, you must ask for "red mouth"; if you want betel-leaf, you may not say betel-leaf (dalu 'mun), you must say karon fenna.