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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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So it was less the extravagance than the visual splendour of gilded sweets or sheermal flatbread or evenpaan (aromatic whole spices folded in a betel leaf) that amused the jaded eye of the maharajahs in whose courts the practice evolved.
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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.