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areca

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noun are·ca \ə-ˈrē-kə, ˈa-ri-kə\

Definition of areca

  1. :  any of several tropical Asian palms (Areca or related genera); especially :  betel palm



Origin and Etymology of areca

New Latin, from Portuguese, from Malayalam aṭaykka


First Known Use: 1510


Medical Dictionary

areca

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noun are·ca \ə-ˈrē-kə, ˈar-ə-kə\

Medical Definition of areca

  1. 1 capitalized :  a small genus of pinnate-leaved palms of tropical Asia having thick-rinded fruits and including the betel palm

  2. 2:  a palm of the genus Areca or of any of several related genera; especially :  betel palm




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