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1. A cultivated shrub (Piper methysticum) of the Pacific islands, having heart-shaped leaves. It is widely grown for its roots, which contain psychoactive chemicals.
a. A narcotic beverage prepared from the roots of this plant, used traditionally for social and religious purposes.
b. A dietary supplement derived from the roots of this plant, used as a sedative.

[Tongan, acrid, kava.]


1. (Plants) a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum: family Piperaceae
2. (Plants) a drink prepared from the aromatic roots of this shrub
[C18: from Polynesian (Tongan): bitter]


(ˈkɑ və)

n., pl. -vas.
1. a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum, of the pepper family: the roots are used to make an intoxicating beverage.
2. the beverage made from kava.
[1810–20; < Polynesian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kava - an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrubkava - an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania


n (bot) kava m&f
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