kava

noun
ka·​va | \ ˈkä-və How to pronounce kava (audio) \

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

Examples of kava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Also try kava, the traditional drink of Fiji made from the root of a pepper plant mixed with water. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Unplug From It All In Fiji," 8 Nov. 2019 That involved going to a ceremony where these guys were pounding kava root with a stone and putting it into a drink. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD’s ‘Indiana Jones’ stars in new NatGeo series ‘Lost Cities’," 21 Oct. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Gather inside the community house for a kava ceremony with the village elders. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of kava

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kava

Tongan & Marquesan, literally, bitter

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“Kava.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kava. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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kava

noun
ka·​va | \ ˈkäv-ə How to pronounce kava (audio) \

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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