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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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Working with the Fuyuge of Central Province, Hirsch (1990) demonstrates the importance of betelnut in ritual, and how this has contributed to the formation of their understandings of what is a national culture.
Eric Hirsch (1990) has suggested that betelnut has become an increasingly important item of consumption throughout PNG (see also Foster 1992:40).
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The ECPNG community had maintained, over the intervening years, a general policy that included the prohibition of the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, the smoking of tobacco and the chewing of betelnut and, to a certain extent, dancing.
During the mid 1980s when I first lived among the Fuyuge in the Udabe Valley money, betelnut and 'law' were influences that figured centrally in the performances of gab.
This was the case among those Pentecostals who had given up chewing betelnut (because it was considered to destroy God's holy house -- the human body) and who witnessed the difficulties experienced by those who persisted.
They interacted and chewed betelnut and exchanged stories on diverse topics of mutual interest.
People who transgress the warning signs and steal a person's betelnut or other prized property, are liable to incur such illnesses as elephantiasis.
As a ritual gesture of reconciliation, a disputant, male or female, may also give tobacco, together with a bunch of betelnuts.