betel-pepper

betel

[beet-l]
noun
an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.
Also, betel pepper.


Origin:
1545–55; < Portuguese bétele, bétere < Malayalam viṟṟila or Tamil veṟṟilai

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betel (ˈbiːtəl)
 
n
an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
 
[C16: from Portuguese, from Malayalam vettila]

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