betel nut


Definition of betel nut

: the astringent seed of the betel palm

Examples of betel nut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apart from betel vineyards, this lush fertile land has provided us with cashew, coconut, drumstick, mango, jackfruit, betel nut, pineapple, guava, many other varieties of fruits, roots, and vegetables. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "A small village in eastern India is resisting a mega steel project—again," 4 Mar. 2020 As the humid jumble of roaring motorcycles and bubble-tea shops vanishes behind me, knotted electrical wires make way for betel nut plantations and clotheslines in small-town backyards that straddle railroad tracks first built for loggers. Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Taiwan's Hot Springs and Tea Plantations," 7 Feb. 2020 Kuso cracks open a betel nut with his molars, and starts chewing. Per Liljas, Washington Post, "One of Australia’s notorious refugee camps has become an economic crutch for Papua New Guinea island," 9 May 2018 Already, a nationalist dictator, Field Marshal Phibun Songkhram, had ordered Thais to wear Western clothes and banned the traditional chewing of betel nut, which stains mouths and teeth crimson. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Thailand Prepares for a King’s $90 Million Cremation Ceremony," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of betel nut

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for betel nut

from its being chewed with betel leaves

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The first known use of betel nut was in 1673

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“Betel nut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of betel nut

: the seed of an Asian tree that is chewed with betel by some people in southeastern Asia

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Medical Definition of betel nut

: the astringent seed of the betel palm that is a source of arecoline

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