areca

[uh-ree-kuh, ar-i-]
noun
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.

Origin:
1500–10; < Neo-Latin (earlier E spellings reflect Portuguese or F); all ultimately < Malayalam aṭaykka

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areca (ˈærɪkə, əˈriːkə)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam adekka]

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Areca catechu also contains tannin which contributes to its antibacterial properties.
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