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

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Origin and Etymology of kava

Tongan & Marquesan, literally, bitter


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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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