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kava

noun ka·va \ˈkä-və\

Definition of KAVA

1
:  an Australasian shrubby pepper (Piper methysticum) from whose crushed root an intoxicating beverage is made; also :  the beverage made from kava
2
:  the dried rhizome and roots of the kava used especially as a dietary supplement chiefly to relieve stress and anxiety

Origin of KAVA

Tongan & Marquesan, literally, bitter
First Known Use: 1810

Rhymes with KAVA

Medical Dictionary

kava

noun ka·va \ˈkäv-ə\

Medical Definition of KAVA

1
:  an Australasian shrubby pepper (Piper methysticum) from whose crushed root an intoxicating beverage is made; also :  the beverage
2
:  a preparation consisting of the ground dried rhizome and roots of the kava plant that is used as a dietary supplement chiefly to relieve stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness and in folk medicine especially as a diuretic and urogenital antiseptic and that has been linked to cases of severe liver injury

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