One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical Asian palm.
Genus Areca, family Palmae: several species, in particular A. catechu
- ‘The road twists through areca palms and banana plantations and rice paddies.’
- ‘A popular stimulant in the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia, is the fruit of the areca palm, Areca catechu, which grows wild in Sumatra and the Philippines and is cultivated in other regions.’
- ‘The areca palm, for example, is particularly fond of toluene, a by-product of glue that can be harmful when it combines with oxygen.’
- ‘All the paintings have been done on the spathe of the areca palm, called ‘paala’ in Malayalam.’
- ‘The demand is highest for red palms and areca palms,’ he says.’
Via Portuguese from Malayalam áḍekka.
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