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be·tel

(bē'tl),
The dried leaves of Piper betle (family Piperaceae), a climbing East Indian plant; used as a stimulant and narcotic. Betel nut is chopped and then wrapped in a strip of Piper betel leaf to make a small packet known as a buyo. Used as wrappers for spiced minced meat in southeast Asian cooking or for raw spices in India.
[Pg. betel, betle, fr. Malayalam or Tamil vetilla]

betel

An Indian climbing plant, Piper betle , the leaves of which are wrapped round the nut of the Areca palm and chewed with lime for their salivatory effect. Betel is chewed by a tenth of the world's population. The chief alkaloid is arecoline, a PARASYMPATHOMIMETIC drug. Betel itself is probably harmless but the lime used with it causes cancer of the mouth. In some areas betel chewing accounts for 20% of all cancers.

be·tel

(bētĕl)
Dried leaves of Piper betle used as a stimulant and narcotic.
[Pg. betel, betle, fr. Malayalam or Tamil vetilla]
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Antimicrobial spectrum of red Piper betel leaf extract (Piper crocatum Ruiz & Pav) as natural antiseptics against airborne pathogens.
The antibacterial activity of Piper betel leaf extract was determined by Agar Well Diffusion method against the bacteria isolated from the oral region (Teeth).
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The slippery, deep-green betel leaf wrapped around juicy spiced beef was fine, it was when it came to the chilli dipping sauce that things started to slip and slide a little, but it was manageable.
Though largely consisting of the ingredient areca nut (the seed of the Areca catechu palm), the common additive betel leaf (from the Piper betle plant) has led to the mixture's current labeling.
Commonly, betel leaf (from the vine Piper betle L), areca nut (the fruit of Areca catechu L), lime (from seashells), gambir (a preparation from the leaves and twigs of the shrub Uncaria gambir), and shredded tobacco are included.
The council has also teamed up with Coventry Health Promotions Service to run a stall at the Bangladesh Centre, in George Eliot Road, Foleshill, which will highlight the dangers of chewing paan, a mixture of tobacco, betel leaf and staked lime.
Perhaps because he never really leaves the city; the vendors of Lahore remind him of his father, and during his stay in England, no English delicacy could replace Lahore's betel leaf.
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LAHORE -- An accountability court on Wednesday handed over an accused, involved in betel leaf scam, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 11-day physical remand.
Premajayantha assured that, these nine hundred thousand floating votes will definitely come for the betel leaf symbol.
From passion fruit to rose to almost unheard-of beetroot, betel leaf tea.