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

  • n. The seed of the betel palm, chewed with betel leaves, lime, and flavorings as a mild stimulant. Also called areca nut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An egg-shaped seed of the betel palm; wrapped in the leaves of the betel pepper and chewed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The nutlike seed of the areca palm, chewed in the East with betel leaves (whence its name) and shell lime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The nut of the arecapalm, Areca Catechu, of the East Indies, highly esteemed among the Asiatics as a masticatory. See areca-nut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia


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