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betel

(bē`təl), masticatory made from slices of betel palm seeds (called betel nuts) smeared onto a betel pepper leaf together with other aromatic flavorings and lime paste and rolled up. The betel palmpalm,
common name for members of the Palmae, a large family of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most species are treelike, characterized by a crown of compound leaves, called fronds, terminating a tall, woody, unbranched stem.
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 (Areca catechu) and the betel pepper (Piper betle of the pepperpepper,
name for the fruits of several unrelated Old and New World plants used as spices or vegetables or in medicine. Old World (True) Peppers

Black pepper (Piper nigrum
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 family) are native to and widely cultivated in S Asia, where betel has been chewed since ancient times and is an article of considerable commerce. Betel contains alkaloids that increase the heart rate and induce a sense of euphoria. Habitual chewing stains the teeth and is linked to oral cancer.

betel

an Asian piperaceous climbing plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed, with the betel nut, by the peoples of SE Asia
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Focused on the minutiae of everyday life, on how the Burmese love to chew betel juice and on the importance of air conditioning in a tropical climate, these stories build our trust in Delisle as an observer.
For those who like tobacco, a small amount of tobacco is then added which, imbibed with the betel juice, produces a pleasing flavor.
Juice from betel quid is used to remedy abdominal colic, tobacco juice is rubbed on the abdomen for deworming, and tobacco imbibed with betel juice is placed on a newborn's umbilical cord stump in order to produce a beautiful navel.