Adjective "betel" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The leaf of an Asian evergreen climbing plant, which in the East is chewed as a mild stimulant.
  1. 'Toraja carve decorations on large bamboo tubes used for carrying palm wine or rice, and people in eastern Indonesia decorate small bamboo tubes that carry lime used in betel chewing.'
  2. 'The concoction which goes by the name of paan comprises betel leaves and a blend of aromatic substances which vary according to the type of paan.'
  3. 'Traditionally the men dance in circles around the women, who give the men betel to chew as they dance, but Hainuwele gives the people valuable gifts - coral, jewels, gongs, porcelain, and other things, all made from her excrement.'
  4. 'Women sell everything from tomatoes, chillies and betel to clay coffee roasters and straw sleeping mats.'
  5. 'It tastes like betel leaf, I suppose, but it goes down easily, like a glamorous form of baby porridge shipped in from the kitchens of old Ceylon.'
  6. 'Dinner had been served earlier, and the actor had stripped to a sarong and shirt, fixed himself some betel leaf, and was settling in to watch the television news.'
  7. 'As we admire rows of pineapples, betel leaves and birds-eye chillies, I look up and realise that we are under tall coconut palms laden with nuts.'
  8. 'The culture of eating paan or betel leaf is believed to exist in India since the 3rd century A.D. Boxes for storing these were made of different materials and in various shapes and sizes.'
  9. 'It is a treat to watch a veteran betel chewer go about the serious business of betel chewing.'
  10. 'Do not miss the signature Lalot appetizer of betel leaf and beef, a world of wonders in two bites.'
  11. 'Muthassi was in the other room, seated on a mat, laughing as she recounted amusing anecdotes, while Muthassan, seated on the cot, stretched out his right hand for betel leaves.'
The plant, related to pepper, from which betel leaves are taken.
  1. 'Pan, or betel nut (seed of the betel palm) eaten with lime, is taken after meals and often throughout the day.'
  2. 'The pepper tree is a climber; on plantations it is usually grown on other trees - betel, palm, or mango - as its cordlike stems need support.'
  3. 'We sat on the green carpet, facing the ‘shrine’ consisting of a low table, a small cone of rice with egg on top, incense, flowers, a place for betel vine, and other ritual equipment.'
  4. 'Chen said the council's plan is to ban the planting of betel trees on mountainsides with a gradient of more than 30 degrees.'
  5. 'I ask Woolford when we stop to wait for the porters to stuff betelnut - a mild stimulant extracted from the betel palm - into their cheeks.'
  6. 'It's betelnuts, the mildly narcotic seeds from the fruit of the betel pepper, used by truck drivers and labourers to help them stay awake.'
  7. 'The bunches of unripe berries picked from this parasitical climber of betel, palm and mango trees are dried in the sun to become peppercorn, the spice that was valued above all others.'

More definitions

1. an East Indian pepper plant, Piper betle, the leaves of which are chewed with other ingredients.

More examples(as adjective)

"nuts can be betel."

"leaves can be betel."


Mid 16th century: via Portuguese from Malayalam veṟṟila.