betel nut


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n betel nut seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Betel nut The nutlike seed of the areca palm, chewed in the East with betel leaves (whence its name) and shell lime.
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In literature:

Tama owns the deer and wild pigs, and no one hunts or traps in the forest until he has made an offering of betel nut to this spirit.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
So I just listened while I chewed my betel-nut.
"Tales of Destiny" by Edmund Mitchell
Chewing betel nut all day, their mouths a red, bloody gash across their faces.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
The backbone is composed of a betel-nut palm, which has been grubbed up with its roots.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
On one of these a betel-nut is placed which represents the deceased husband of the widow.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Then he takes the nut away and gives it to the woman of his fancy, wrapped up in betel-leaf, and she will love him.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
They were entertained with tobacco and betel-nut and young cocoa-nuts.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Under no circumstances is he permitted to smoke, chew betel-nut, or behave carelessly.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
I don't think I should ever fall in love with a girl who chewed betel-nut.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Around his arms were two white circlets of shell, and depending from his bull-like neck a little basket containing betel-nut and lime.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
The Chinese, in order to blacken them, chew what is called "betel" or "betel nut," a common masticatory in the East.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
A singular peculiarity of the betel-nut is that of its staining the saliva of a deep red colour, so as to resemble blood.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
You know the Papuan natives who stain their teeth with betel nut think white molars hideous.
"The Awful Australian" by Valerie Desmond
In the Orient they chew betel nut.
"Health Through Will Power" by James J. Walsh
After finishing her supper, she drew forward the betel-nut basket to prepare betel and pan to chew, according to custom after a meal.
"Folk-Tales of the Khasis" by K. U. Rafy
The Bhatta gave away garlands, sandal-paste, betel-leaf and nuts and delighted all with his reverence.
"Chaitanya's Life And Teachings" by Krishna das Kaviraja
The agricultural produce consists of rice, earth-nuts, tobacco, betel nuts and vegetables.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
Jewuni dismissed one mouthful of betel nut and began on another ere she replied.
"The Mercy of the Lord" by Flora Annie Steel
They squatted on the sunny steps, their lips red with chewing betel-nut.
"A Bottle in the Smoke" by Milne Rae
Behind her stood her maids bearing the gold betel-nut boxes and chow trays and umbrellas of her rank.
"The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines" by Isabel Anderson

In poetry:

They had hair limed freely, but
Wore no wreath;
They (a) mouths of comic cut -
Mounts that hardly ever shut -
Red with chewing betel-nut,
And black teeth.
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Magda Biernat's Betel Nut Girls.