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betel

[beet-l] /ˈbit l/
noun
1.
an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.
Also, betel pepper.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Portuguese bétele, bétere < Malayalam viṟṟila or Tamil veṟṟilai
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British Dictionary definitions for betel pepper

betel

/ˈbiːtəl/
noun
1.
an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
Word Origin
C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila
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Word Origin and History for betel pepper

betel

n.

1550s, probably via Portuguese betel, from Malayalam vettila, from veru ila "simple leaf."

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