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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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When old Betelnut and young Betelnut got through playing with that monkey, he wasn't a monkey any more--he was a devil.
The bed thus provides a comfortable platform from which to fish or relax, smoke a bit of tobacco, chew betelnut, and swap stories with a fishing partner.
Whether (the new rules) succeed depends mostly on law enforcement,' said Peng Tien-le, secretary-general of the Taoyuan Betelnut Association.
The police chewed freely-given local betelnuts, swam in neighbouring streams, chatted in the men's houses and shared food provided by villagers.
Dentists need to do a lot more to educate patients about oral cancer risk factors and to advise and assist them to refrain from or quit tobacco, alcohol and betelnut chewing habits.
A stroll the 1-1/2-mile palm-shaded trail through the 5 acres currently landscaped can turn up such surprises as brilliant torch ginger blooming below betelnut palms or rare blue-skinned bananas.
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These sequences are the outcome of prior ritual sequences--such as the rites that name the dancers and exchange partners called into the gab, or the rites associated with displaying betelnut bunches in the plaza centre.
For some young men, information regarding the transmission of tuberculosis, known from the tuberculosis campaigns, as well as traditional concepts, have been conflated with those of HIV/AIDS: they mentioned a possible infection through sharing food, plates and cups or from lime for chewing betelnut, cigarettes because of contact with saliva or with left-over food.
Among the Yupno, some young men equate the transmission of HIV with that of tuberculosis, and shun the sharing of foods, plates, cups, lime for chewing betelnut, and cigarettes and even avoid stepping in the footprints of infected persons (Keck, this collection).
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