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See also: bétel
- Either of two plants often used in combination:
- an evergreen Indian creeping shrub, Piper betle, whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut: the betel pepper
- the seed of the betel palm, Areca catechu: the betel nut
- A quid (chewing preparation) containing these and other plant materials; paan.
- 2002, Vātsyāyana, Kama Sutra, translated by Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar, Oxford University Press, 3.3.16, pp. 83-84,
- Within the range of his powers, he sends her, secretly, […] cosmetics such as red lac, red arsenic, yellow arsenic, red mercury sulphide, and black collyrium; sandalwood paste and saffron; and, in course of time, areca nuts and betel leaves for betel.
either of two plants: the betel pepper or betel nut
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary