be·​tel | \ ˈbē-tᵊl How to pronounce betel (audio) \

Definition of betel

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web From the snack section, try the miang ($14 for four): a tiny, colorful universe of seasonal fruit brunoise, shaved coconut, cured trout roe, julienned makrut lime leaf and fish sauce caramel arranged on betel leaves. Soleil Ho,, "Bold and fearless, Nari is SF’s most exciting new restaurant," 14 Nov. 2019 Uncle Boon’s is a place of deep inspiration — amazing betel leaves and eye-wateringly hot banana blossom salad that make both of us hiccup with delight. New York Times, "Where Should You Eat in New York? Go to These Favorite Spots," 26 Sep. 2019 Dungeness crab sits atop miang kham, little betel leaf wraps; braised pork cheek comes dusted with truffle powder; and prawn cakes get a hit of flavor from local morel mushrooms. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 The overall course progression remains about the same today, starting with prawns and grapefruit wrapped in bitter betel leaf or diver scallops and coconut cream cradled in a crispy rice cup that collapses on the tongue. Michael Russell,, "Langbaan serves Thai-inspired tasting menus in a hidden room behind Portland’s PaaDee (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 Savory betel leaf wrapped around a simple yet tasty beef sausage and then charcoal-grilled — the charcoal grill adds a very deep flavor to the leaves — and finished off with a complex dipping sauce. Veronica Hinke,, "The best meal of 2017 – Chicago-area chefs describe their favorite bites," 14 Dec. 2017 There's been one reported case of Ohio schoolchildren chewing betel nuts., "10 strangest things in Ohio's state budget bill," 13 July 2017 For drinks, Mr. Patel has rounded up natural and biodynamic wines, and has also collaborated with a local brewer, J. Wakefield, on a saison-style beer called Paan Wala, made with betel leaf, lemon verbena and mango from Mr. Patel’s farm. Matthew Kronsberg, New York Times, "In Miami, Working Fresh Local Ingredients Into Indian Dishes," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of betel

1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for betel

Portuguese bétele, from Tamil veṟṟilai

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“Betel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of betel

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


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Medical Definition of betel

: 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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