- a plant (Piper methysticum) of the pepper family, with an aromatic odor: its roots and rhizomes have narcotic properties
- an intoxicating drink made from the roots, for use in certain rituals
Origin of kava; from Polynesian, probably Tongan ; from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form kawa
- A cultivated shrub (Piper methysticum) of the Pacific islands, having heart-shaped leaves. It is widely grown for its roots, which contain psychoactive chemicals.
- a. A narcotic beverage prepared from the roots of this plant, used traditionally for social and religious purposes.b. A dietary supplement derived from the roots of this plant, used as a sedative.
Origin of kavaTongan, acrid, kava.
OriginSee also: kawa
From Tongan kava, in turn from Proto-Polynesian *kawa