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betel nut

the astringent kernel of the seed of the betel palm, chewed in many tropical regions in combination with slaked lime and the leaves of the betel plant.
Also called areca nut.
Origin of betel nut
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The use of the betel-nut destroys their teeth, and gives them a red tinge round the mouth.

  • betel-nut from one of the palms which grow in these parts,” said the mate.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • Now she could chew the betel-nut from the box her mother had given her!

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • In these they carry their betel-nut outfits, tobacco, and the like.

  • These are the stains of that betel-nut, for nearly everyone here has the nasty habit.

  • The betel-nut, bwa (Areca catechu L.), is also found in some villages, particularly in the mountains.

    The Tinguian Fay-Cooper Cole
  • He was almost the only man I saw in Siam whose teeth were not blackened nor his mouth distorted by the chewing of the betel-nut.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • She looked about for some means of escape and finally climbed to the top of a betel-nut tree and hid.

    Philippine Folk Tales Mabel Cook Cole
  • Ossaroo was chewing his betel-nut, and Karl and Caspar, both very tired, were doing nothing and saying as little.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • It seemed to me that the chewing of the betel-nut is more prevalent in Bombay than elsewhere.

British Dictionary definitions for betel-nut

betel nut

the seed of the betel palm, chewed with betel leaves and lime by people in S and SE Asia as a digestive stimulant and narcotic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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