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Al Blanco
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 3:19:16 PM
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Is this meaning of the word in use?

pan n.
1. A leaf of the betel vine.
2. A chewing preparation of this leaf with betel nuts, spices, and lime, used in the Far East.

Thanks a lot for the answers in my previous threads!
shahidmost
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 3:34:55 PM

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Al Blanco wrote:
Is this meaning of the word in use?

pan n.
1. A leaf of the betel vine.
2. A chewing preparation of this leaf with betel nuts, spices, and lime, used in the Far East.

Thanks a lot for the answers in my previous threads!


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Yes!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paan

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tunaafi
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 4:53:06 PM

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Al Blanco wrote:
Is this meaning of the word in use?

Not in my part of the world.
thar
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 5:04:28 PM

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I think you need to ask a betel-chewer!

Far East? I thought it an Indian subcontinent/south Asian thing?

Now all I can think of is Betelgeuse!Whistle

edit
Wikipedia. It is Indian, according to whoever wrote that entry!
Quote:
Paan is the Hindi word (in Hindi: पान from Sanskrit parṇa 'feather) for betel',[1]


As far as I know, the normal English word is betel leaf for the leaf, but I guess people in the know would use paan for the prepared item to distinguish it?
Your dictionary is not only dated, its geography is a bit strange!

edit - sorry, I didn't see shahid's post. (***** google ads!). And apologies for any inaccuracies in mine!
Romany
Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 7:07:26 PM
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It might be Indian, but pan is pan all over the South Pacific and Indonesia.

I'm not a fan.And it's the pan that turns your teeth and gums red. Not such a good look. As for just chewing betel nuts and lime...the way it has of kinda taking over your mouth and resulting in first-timers either drooling or being sick is often an occasion of great merriment.
DanJôN
Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014 3:12:29 AM

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yup!
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