I've always said "betel nut" rather than "betel" in English. Does just the single word "betel" sound odd for others?
That would certainly sound more usual to me. I also question whether one eats betel. Doesn't one just chew it like gum and then spit it out? I have always heard "she is chewing betel nut."
I have no idea what betel is.
Betel is actually a leaf that grows on a vine. The areca nut is the nut!
Agreed. "Chew" not "eat". Eating it would mean swallowing it.
Leaves are folded with a nut, tabacco or chalk inside, chewed, then spit out. Common across South and South East Asia, cheap, very addictive and give red stained teeth.
you don't actually eat betel, do you? we've always heard/read "chewing" betel nut. Isn't it something you chew and spit out the juice, like some people here chew "chew"? (A special type of tobacco)
Betel is actually a betel leaf, a betel nut (from a different plant, a palm tree) and lime that you chew together.
Never heard of betel before
what on earth is a betel