betel

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noun be·tel \ˈbē-təl\

Definition of betel

  1. :  a climbing pepper (Piper betle) of southeastern Asia whose leaves are chewed together with betel nut and mineral lime as a stimulant masticatory

Origin and Etymology of betel

Portuguese bétele, from Tamil veṟṟilai


First Known Use: 1553


BETEL Defined for English Language Learners

betel

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noun be·tel \ˈbē-təl\

Definition of betel for English Language Learners

  • : the dried leaves of a climbing plant that are chewed by some people in southeastern Asia


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betel

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noun be·tel \ˈbēt-əl\

Medical Definition of betel

  1. :  a climbing pepper (Piper betle) of southeastern Asia whose leaves are chewed together with betel nut and mineral lime as a stimulant masticatory


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