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 kavakava, kava-kava.
Origin: Related forms
1810–20; < Polynesian (first recorded from Tonga Islands)
Kavaic /kəˈveɪɪk/ [kuh-vey-ik] Show IPA , adjective