One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The astringent seed of an areca palm ("Areca catechu" ), which is often chewed with betel leaves.Also called betel nut
- ‘The high-risk in the Indian subcontinent is related to the high prevalence of pan-tobacco (a combination of betel leaf, lime, areca nut and sun cured tobacco) chewing in the population.’
- ‘Betel leaves, areca nuts, and fruits are distributed to wedding guests and observers.’
- ‘People in the more accessible Central Mekeo rapidly found themselves in the enviable position of being the sole providers of large quantities of high quality betel pepper and areca nut.’
- ‘The nut, which may also be called areca nut, contains a stimulating alkaloid and tannins which give it a pleasantly astringent taste.’
- ‘I gave them each a coin with a ripe areca nut placed in a betel leaf.’
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