• WordNet 3.6
    • n areca any of several tall tropical palms native to southeastern Asia having egg-shaped nuts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Areca (Bot) A genus of palms, one species of which (Areca catechu) produces the areca nut, or betel nut, which is chewed in India and Southeast Asia with the leaf of the Piper Betle and lime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Areca ar′ē-ka a genus of palm, one species of which, the Betel-nut Palm, or Penang Palm (Areca catechu), bears nuts with austere and astringent properties, which are chewed by the Malays with a little lime in a leaf of the betel-pepper, making the lips and spittle red.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Canarese adiki,: cf. Pg. & Sp. areca,


In literature:

The areca is a palm of great elegance; it rises to a height of about eighty feet, and a rich feathery crest adorns the summit.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
It was apparently a species of Areca.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
For the areca nut is the betel nut.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
He and his Court were constantly chewing the areca-nut.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
It is obtained from the wood of various species of Areca, Acacia and Mimosa trees.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
The trees were large and magnificent, amongst them the betel, the areca, and the pepper-tree.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Areca-nut; its use and effects.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
He nodded his head, and drew from the pouch in the knot in his sarong a few broken fragments of areca nut.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
ARECA NUT Nut "eaten" by the Indians with betel leaf or lime.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
The cocoanut palm is the most common and most valuable of this family of trees, and next to it is the areca.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
In the undergrowth are found cardamom, areca, plantain, canes, wild pepper, tree and other ferns, and arums.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
The palms of the presidency consist of cocoa-nut, date, palmyra and areca catechu.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
The roots are sometimes used for chewing, as a substitute for Areca.
"The Cocoanut" by William S. Lyon
This he places, with betel leaves and areca nuts, near the grave.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
The cocoa and areca palms become rare, and give place to the bamboo.
"Siam" by George B. Bacon
In cases of extreme necessity, however, the little rivulet called the Areca might with some difficulty be made available.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume II" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
I will now leave the subject of areca-nut and revert to that of elephants.
"Memoir of Hendrick Zwaardecroon, commandeur of Jaffnapatam" by Hendrick Zwaardecroon
The value of a cocoanut tree in full bearing is five pesos; of a coffee tree, one to two pesos; of an areca palm one-half peso.
"Ifugao Law" by R. F. Burton
In the upland there are valuable gardens of areca palms, cardamoms and pepper.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
Areca-nuts and copra are also exported in some quantities, more especially from Muar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

And there the palms, the talipot with its lofty blossom-spire,
The cocoanut and the slim areca listening await
What sorceries of his trembling rays of equatorial fire
Will next be laid upon some lesser mate.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Carnaval celebration in San Antonio de Areca.