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.

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

Kavaic [kuh-vey-ik] , adjective
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kava (ˈkɑːvə)
1.  a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum: family Piperaceae
2.  a drink prepared from the aromatic roots of this shrub
[C18: from Polynesian (Tongan): bitter]

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Kava bowls are round wooden bowls lined with several short legs that come in various sizes.
Kava, a drink made from the naturally intoxicating plant of the same name, is popular in social gatherings and ceremonies.
While it is known that kava has active chemical ingredients, it is not at all clear that they produce any common effects.
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