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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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(Arecaceae) (local name: supari) is more commonly known as the areca palm or betel nut palm because its fruit is chewed often with betel leaf.