any tropical Asian palm of the genus Areca, as the betel palm.
Historical Examples

The roots are sometimes used for chewing, as a substitute for areca.
The Cocoanut William S. Lyon

He, at the same time, gave me a book for myself also written and painted by him, together with several purses for areca nut.
Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton John Barrow

The fruit, when tender, is masticated like the areca catechu.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman

Branches of areca nuts and flowers adorned the posts and pillars.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

Their chief employment is felling timber, but they sometimes work in areca nut gardens and gather wild cardamoms, pepper, etc.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

Their own country supplies them with betel and areca, but they have their tea from China and Japan.
Tea and Tea Drinking Arthur Reade

It is customary to place a cocoanut on a heap of rice, with some betel leaves and areca nuts at the side thereof.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

This he places, with betel leaves and areca nuts, near the grave.
Omens and Superstitions of Southern India Edgar Thurston

The maternal uncle should present her with a new cloth, betel leaves and areca nuts, and plantain fruits.
Castes and Tribes of Southern India Edgar Thurston

It is used as a masticatory in combination with the areca nut and betel leaf, and also for tanning purposes.
Catalogue of Economic Plants in the Collection of the U. S. Department of Agriculture William Saunders

any of various tall palms of the genus Areca, which are native to SE Asia and have white flowers and orange or red egg-shaped nuts


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