betel nut

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be·tel nut

(bē'tl nŭt),
Areca nut, the nut of the areca palm, Areca catechu (family Palmae), of the East Indies, chewed by some local residents; contains arecoline; euphoratle agent, cholinomimetic; stains teeth and gums red.

betel nut

The nut-like seed of the Areca palm (Areca catechu), typically wrapped in betel leaves and with added flavouring, including lime, clove, cardamom, and catechu, which is chewed from India to New Guinea for its mild stimulant effect.

betel nut

(bet'il) [Portuguese betele]
The nut of the tropical Asian palm Areca catechu, chewed for its stimulant and euphoric effects. Synonym: areca nut

CAUTION!

Chewing betel nut causes cholinergic effects, which some people may not tolerate well. Chewing betel nut has also been associated with oral and esophageal cancers, esp. in those who also smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.

be·tel nut

(bētĕl nŭt)
Nut of the areca palm, Areca catechu, of the East Indies, chewed by some local residents; contains arecoline; stains teeth and gums red.
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The streets of the capital were stained vivid red by beetle nuts spat from millions of mouths.
Bhattarai is fond of chewing beetle nut, a habit he began as a student in India, but fighting against illiteracy and alleviation of poverty of the Nepalese people are Bhattarai's long-term leadership goals.
She said that under the great sage Udaka Ramaputta he had learnt high levels of meditative consciousness but with Kaundinya, he progressed towards greater austerity to find enlightenment through derivation and asceticism for all worldly possessions and through self mortification and starvation where upon he lived on either a beetle nut or leaf daily.