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

Examples of betel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Local media report that three paan stores, selling a betel leaf and nut combination that is chewed for its stimulant effect, have been closed to prevent consumers spitting out the remains, plastering walls and sidewalks with unsightly stains. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 20 Feb. 2020 In the same vein, it was earlier reported that local paan shops (betel vendors) were shut down, but the local administration in Ahmedabad denied any such move. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 20 Feb. 2020 Beer cans, cigarettes, and areca nuts wrapped in betel leaves are laid on crumbling roadside walls, folksy cries for good fortune. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Feb. 2020 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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be·​tel | \ ˈbēt-ᵊl How to pronounce betel (audio) \

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: 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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