• WordNet 3.6
    • n betel Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Betel bē"t'l (Bot) A species of pepper (Piper betle), the leaves of which are chewed, with the areca or betel nut and a little shell lime, by the inhabitants of the East Indies. It is a woody climber with ovate many-nerved leaves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n betel A species of pepper, Piper betle, a creeping, or climbing plant, a native of the East Indies, natural order Piperaceæ. The leaves are used as a wrapper for the little pellets of areca-nut and lime which are extensively chewed in the East. The pellet is hot and acrid, but has aromatic and astringent properties. It tinges the saliva red and blackens the teeth. Also called betel-pepper.
    • n betel A piece of betel-nut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Betel bē′tl the betel-nut, or nut of the areca palm, with lime and the leaves of the Betel-Pepper, chewed by the Malays as a stimulant.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg., fr. Tamil veṭṭilei, prop. meaning, a mere leaf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Port. from Malay vettila.


In literature:

Betel-leaves and camphor are being given to courtezans and their lovers.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
They can sit in the sun all day and chew betel.
"The Rajah of Dah" by George Manville Fenn
The mode of taking it is to scrape down the nut, and to roll it up with some lime in a betel leaf.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Suspended from the belt was his bamboo betel-nut and lime box.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Formerly there was no betel-vine on the earth.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The frontal region of their heads is shaven smooth, and each loathsome Indian drools betel-nut saliva that looks like blood.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
The scarlet of betel-nut was upon her lips; the duskiness of kol shadowed her lashes.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
Penghulu Mat Saleh and his people found Abas sitting cross-legged in the outer apartment preparing a quid of betel-nut with elaborate care.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Betel-nut chewing holds its own against the opium of the Chinese and the tobacco of the European.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
Certainly a cup of tea is more refreshing than the fragment of betel nut wrapped up in a leaf and enclosed in a piece of gold paper.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
Ossaroo showed his young masters how the betel was prepared for chewing.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
For seven days continual watch is kept over it and it is provided with food, tobacco and betel.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
The betel nut is about the size of a walnut.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Her lips were thin and as red as betel.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
It is not a very beautiful custom, but perhaps not quite so bad as betel-nut chewing!
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The third is for the Servants, who tend them with Tobacco and Betel-Nut; for they are always chewing or smoking.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
Betel Nut, chewed probably by 50,000,000.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
The young Raja took his bag and said, "I want a great deal of betel-leaf," and it at once gave him quantities of betel-leaf.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Most of them even do not chew betel before marriage, and you hardly find one of these whose teeth are not a faultless row of pearls.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
We purchase a bunch of Betel leaves, neatly piled one upon the other.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt

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:

Betel Leaf-Wrapped Lemongrass Pork with Ginger Scallion Sauce.
Magda Biernat's Betel Nut Girls.
Betel Leaf-Wrapped Lemongrass Pork with Ginger Scallion Sauce.
Betel Quid From Arcea Tree Strong Enough to Cause Cancer.