kavaic

kava

[kah-vuh]
noun
1.
a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum, of the pepper family, the aromatic roots of which are used to make an intoxicating beverage.
2.
the beverage made from these roots.
Also called kavakava, kava-kava.


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

Kavaic [kuh-vey-ik] , adjective
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kava (ˈkɑːvə)
 
n
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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