areca

noun
are·​ca | \ ə-ˈrē-kə How to pronounce areca (audio) , ˈa-ri-kə How to pronounce areca (audio) \

Definition of areca

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

Examples of areca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Betel quid and areca nuts -- which are often used in Southeast Asia for tooth cleaning -- stain the teeth and gums. Josefine Hirschfeld, CNN, "Not everyone uses a toothbrush to clean their teeth -- here's what science says about the alternatives," 9 July 2019 His company, Prakritii, makes plates and bowls from the leaves of south India's areca palm trees. Fox News, "In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic," 4 June 2018 His company, Prakritii, makes plates and bowls from the leaves of south India’s areca palm trees. Washington Post, "In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic," 4 June 2018 His company, Prakritii, makes plates and bowls from the leaves of south India's areca palm trees. The Christian Science Monitor, "In India, citizens are working together to reduce waste," 4 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter The journey from her home village of Chempanoda by bus was slow but beautiful, across fresh-flowing rivers, through groves of areca-nut and rubber trees and past wooded hills. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018 The arecas are indeed wonderful screens, but some are doing a bit too well, shading out other plants, dropping loads of dead fronds, and encroaching on pavement. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "A hurricane wrecked your yard. Now what?," 29 Sep. 2017 Prizes are hung from a bamboo ring at the top of the pole—made from the trunk of an areca-nut tree—to be collected by those who manage to reach it, such as this man in the village of Manggarai in South Jakarta. WSJ, "Photos: How Indonesians Celebrate 72 Years of Independence," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of areca

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for areca

New Latin, from Portuguese, from Malayalam aṭaykka

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The first known use of areca was in 1586

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“Areca.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/areca?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=areca002. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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areca

noun
are·​ca | \ ə-ˈrē-kə How to pronounce areca (audio) , ˈar-ə-kə How to pronounce areca (audio) \

Medical Definition of areca

1 capitalized : a small genus of pinnate-leaved palms of tropical Asia having thick-rinded fruits and including the betel palm
2 : a palm of the genus Areca or of any of several related genera especially : betel palm

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