be·​tel | \ ˈbē-tᵊl \

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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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 nut

betel palm

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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


be·​tel | \ ˈbēt-ᵊl \

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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