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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 dirt he found at twenty-five inches from the surface, and at thirty-five inches, yielded barren pans.
Though the dipping gold-trace increased the man's work, he found consolation in the increasing richness of the pans.
To either side the diminution in the values of the pans was swift.
He squatted down, holding the pan in his two hands, and partly immersing it in the stream.
The contents of the pan diminished rapidly until only fine dirt and the smallest bits of gravel remained.
The black slave overturned the pan in the middle of the room, and the fish were turned to cinders.
Well, Peter Pan got out by the window, which had no bars.
Poor little Peter Pan, he sat down and cried, and even then he did not know that, for a bird, he was sitting on his wrong part.
to the bird that flies away with the big crust, you know now that you ought not to do this, for he is very likely taking it to Peter Pan.
Phebe stopped rattling her beans from one pan to another, and her eyes were full of pity as they rested on the curly head bent down on Rose's knee, for she saw that the heart under the pretty locket ached with its loss, and the dainty apron was used to dry sadder tears than any she had ever shed.
Phebe laughed at her woe till the beans danced in the pan, but tried to comfort her by suggesting a means of relief.
As she took the cover off a second frying pan and stirred the savory contents with a kitchen knife, he came behind her, passed his arms under her arm-pits with down-drooping hands upon her breasts, and bent his head over her shoulder till cheek touched cheek.