kava

[ kah-vuh ]
/ ˈkɑ və /

noun

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.

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Also called ka·va·ka·va, kava-kava.

Origin of kava

1810–20; <Polynesian (first recorded from Tonga Islands)

OTHER WORDS FROM kava

Ka·va·ic [kuh-vey-ik], /kəˈveɪ ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kava

kava
/ (ˈkɑːvə) /

noun

a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum: family Piperaceae
a drink prepared from the aromatic roots of this shrub

Word Origin for kava

C18: from Polynesian (Tongan): bitter
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Medical definitions for kava

kava
[ kävə ]

n.

A dietary supplement derived from the roots of the shrub Piper methysticum, used as a sedative.
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