Sin: පුවක්පිටිය puvakpiṭiya

‘Areca Nut Field’   CP,  Sri Lanka

From Sin: puwak, ‘areca nut tree’ (colloquial); and pitiya, ‘ground, land, field, plain’.

The areca nut (also called betel nut) is actually a berry which, when it hardens, can be cut and chewed. It is a mild stimulant, similar to nicotine and just as addictive.

Its use is discouraged because it can cause cancers (particularly in the mouth and throat), and discoloration. And it doesn’t help that its users have the unhealthy habit of spitting red betel juice all over the place.

For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.


A field of areca nut trees

A field of areca nut trees            Thamizhpparithi Maari