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
Recent Examples of kava from the Web
The products include biological molecules such as coenzyme Q10, creatine, glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, gingko, kava, milk thistle and many more.
The woman chugging kava with Fijians and braving temple food in Rajasthan.
VATUKALO, Fiji — Before kava makes its way to a new wave of trendy bars in places like Brooklyn and Berkeley, Calif., it must be nurtured and plucked by people like Livai Tavesivesi.
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Origin and Etymology of kava
Tongan & Marquesan, literally, bitter
First Known Use: 1810See Words from the same year
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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