alt. A psychoactive preparation of betel leaf combined with areca nut and/or cured tobacco, chewed recreationally in Asia; such a preparation served wrapped in the leaf. n. A psychoactive preparation of betel leaf combined with areca nut and/or cured tobacco, chewed recreationally in Asia; such a preparation served wrapped in the leaf.
Paan ( पान, পান from Sanskrit parṇa, "পর্ণ" "leaf") is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut and sometimes also with tobacco. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Paan has many variations. Slaked lime (chunnam) paste is commonly added to bind the leaves. Some South Asian preparations include katha paste or mukhwas to freshen the breath.
The origin and diffusion of paan (betel chewing) remains a somewhat unresolved issue since there is little unequivocal evidence to support the very early dates often quoted, though botanical evidence strongly suggests that the areca palm was not native to South Asia. Paan (under a variety of names) is also consumed in many other Asian countries and elsewhere in the world by some Asian emigrants, with or without tobacco. It is an addictive and euphoria-inducing formulation with adverse health effects.
The spit from chewing betel nuts, known as buai pekpek, is often considered an eyesore. Because of this, many places have banned selling and chewing buai.
Usage examples of "paan".
He could have been asking her to bring him a paan, specifying what supari he wanted in it and whether he wished the betel nut flaked, cut, or sweetened.
Kaikeyi reached for another paan, glancing questioningly at Manthara first.
She went into a paroxysm of coughing, spewing out pieces of paan and juice and assorted flecks and bits of various things.
If she told Kaikeyi what was in these paans, the second queen would vomit out the entire mouthful.
What man is there who, if he knew that, after thirty years of suffering terminated by a fearful death, he should rise again into boundless bliss and glory while rapt infinitude rung with the paans of an applauding universe, and that by means of his humiliation he could redeem countless millions from eternal torture, would not with a joyous spring undertake the task?