Betel Leaf


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to Betel Leaf: betel nut

Betel Leaf

 

a mixture of spicy and acrid leaves from the Piper betle shrub of the pepper family (raised everywhere in tropical Asia) with bits of seeds of the areca palm and a little lime (to neutralize the acids present in the leaves). The betel leaf, which stimulates the nervous system, is chewed by people living in tropical Asia. It blackens the teeth and stains blood red the oral cavity, the tongue, the gums, and the copious saliva produced by chewing.

References in periodicals archive ?
This was because the pH of the red betel leaf ethanol extract was slightly acidic, between 5 and 6.
20 gram of the powdered betel leaf sample was weighed and taken in 250 mL of distilled water and kept for 3 nights.
Notably, Indian betel leaf and pan masala are quite popular in Pakistan since the former is not grown there.
Contrary to betel nut and some of its constituents, there is an absolute dearth of pharmacological activity studies on effect of betel leaf and stem extracts.
This resulted in a number of experiences she might have rather avoided, including chewing betel leaf ('it tasted horrible') and having someone spit in her coffee to ensure her fertility ('there was no escape.
In India betel quid preparation consist of half portion of a large betel leaf or medium small-sized betel leaves, smeared with slaked lime small amount of catechu to which is added few pieces of areca nut.
If one has to ban some bad habits, he should learn from Thailand, where, by a single order betel leaf and nut chewing was banned in the 1930's; now only some very old Theresa and some Indians are left to indulge in this habit.
Tobacco has been chewed for centuries in India, most commonly as "paan" -- betel leaf with tobacco powder, areca nut, slaked lime and catechu (Acacia tree extract) -- or "paan masala", a flavoured variety with or without tobacco.
Paan is a mouth freshener made of betel leaf and consists of chopped betel nuts and a variety of perfumes and spices slaked with lime and assembled into a quid sealed with paste.
Finally he takes readers to the Sylhet region for small-scale betel leaf agroforestry and linkages between livelihoods of forest villagers and forest conservation.
The Lahore Paan Mandi, the second largest betel leaf market of Pakistan after Karachi, supplies paans throughout the Punjab.
The assault on the betel leaf could be seen as a curious choice as Dubai's faces far more serious troubles after the global recession crashed the boomtown's party and left many construction sites idle and foreign workers packing up.