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areca

[uh-ree-kuh, ar-i-] /əˈri kə, ˈær ɪ-/
noun
1.
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Neo-Latin (earlier E spellings reflect Portuguese or F); all ultimately < Malayalam aṭaykka
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  • areca catechu also contains tannin which contributes to its antibacterial properties.
British Dictionary definitions for areca

areca

/ˈærɪkə; əˈriːkə/
noun
1.
any of various tall palms of the genus Areca, which are native to SE Asia and have white flowers and orange or red egg-shaped nuts
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam adekka
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