a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum, of the pepper family, the aromatic roots of which are used to make an intoxicating beverage.
the beverage made from these roots.
- Also called ka·va·ka·va, kava-kava.
- Ka·va·ic [kuh-vey-ik], /kəˈveɪ ɪk/, adjective
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How to use kava in a sentence
As a thank-you, the senior chief anointed me “Mati,” which means “fig,” and presented me with a sacred kava stick, now a favorite treasure.
In a similar vein, kava kava, advertised as a natural anti-anxiety supplement, was taken off the market for causing liver failure.
So home, a little before six, in a dashing squall of rain, to a bowl of kava and dinner.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
We were entertained to kava in the guest-house with some very original features.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
“Angona” is the same as “kava” in Samoa, and is the national beverage in Fiji.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines | H. Wilfrid Walker
British Dictionary definitions for kava
a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum: family Piperaceae
a drink prepared from the aromatic roots of this shrub
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