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paan

(pahn),
A preparation of areca nut and perhaps various drugs and flavorings wrapped in a betel leaf, chewed for its intoxicant properties.
[Hindi]

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.

paan

(pon) [Hindi pān]
The chewing of betel leaf, common in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, which is a stimulant and is associated with the development of oral cancers.
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The paan will be packed in especially prepared boxes which are otherwise used for jewellery and sweets.
The warq of the paan would be made of pure gold and silver.
Talking to TNS, Dr Shahbaz of Punjab Dental Hospital says, "Gutka, a mixture of chuna, kattha and tambaku, is replacing paan chewing among youths, especially among those who cannot afford paans.
Pakistan, June 07 -- Gone are the days when paan (betel leaf) chewing belonged to only Urdu speaking people (Muhajir and Memon), now it is popular among all.
Though the Lahore Paan Mandi (betel market), situated in a narrow street of Naulakha tyre market, near the Lahore Railway Station and almost unknown to many people, consists of a few shops, paan business of millions of rupees is done here.