areca nut

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areca nut (plural areca nuts)

  1. The seed of the areca palm (not a true nut but a drupe), chewed as a mild stimulant.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 87:
      It was the custom for the Englishmen to bring auspicious gifts, like areca-nuts and saffron, as well as bills and bullion.
    • 2011, Deepika Phukan, translating Arupa Patangia Kalita, The Story of Felanee:
      Holding out a tray with betel leaves and areca nut, they knelt before the strapping young boys.