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areca Line breaks: areca
Pronunciation: /ˈarɪkə/
(also areca palm)

Definition of areca in English:


A tropical Asian palm.
  • Genus Areca, family Palmae: several species, in particular A. catechu
Example sentences
  • A popular stimulant in the Indian subcontinent and SE Asia, is the fruit of the areca palm, Areca catechu, which grows wild in Sumatra and the Philippines and is cultivated in other regions.
  • All the paintings have been done on the spathe of the areca palm, called ‘paala’ in Malayalam.
  • The areca palm, for example, is particularly fond of toluene, a by-product of glue that can be harmful when it combines with oxygen.


Via Portuguese from Malayalam áḍekka.

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