from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dioecious shrub (Piper methysticum) native to the Pacific islands, having cordate leaves and minute flowers clustered in solitary spikes.
- n. A dietary supplement derived from the roots of this plant, used as a sedative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant from the South Pacific, Piper methysticum.
- n. An intoxicating beverage made from the kava plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of Macropiper (Macropiper methysticum), the long pepper, from the root of which an intoxicating beverage is made by the Polynesians, by a process of mastication; also, the beverage itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Polynesian shrub, Macropiper latifolium (Piper methysticum), of the pepper family.
- n. A beverage derived from this plant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
The findings underscore the need to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of such therapies, especially given the findings that some Americans are continuing to try products such as kava kava, which is used to treat anxiety but has been linked to possible liver problems, officials said.
After the feast was over, we had kava, and the calling of the kava was a very elaborate affair, and I thought had like to have made
Again a beautiful tappa cloth was spread for me, and then ten maidens entered, and, sitting in a semi-circle, began to chew a root called kava, which, when sufficiently masticated, they returned into a calabash, water being poured on the result.
An expert on herbal products and remedies, she said "If you have a predisposition to liver disease and are on medications that might affect the liver, then kava, which is also in some of these drinks, might not be the best for you."
Such products include black cohosh and red clover, used by menopausal women to reduce hot flashes, and kava, which is used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
Consumers could be putting their health at risk by using products like black cohosh and red clover, used by menopausal women to reduce hot flashes, and kava, which is used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
After his 2008 coronation, which was celebrated with a narcotic brew called kava and offerings of pigs, the King renounced most of his power in favor of increased control by Tonga's prime minister and eventual parliamentary elections for the nation, an archipelago of 171 islands south of Western Samoa.
A short way into the forest is a platform where it is believed, on a night in October denoted by lunar phases, the souls gather to drink ava (the muddy drink make from the pepper plant also known as kava).
(and John) constantly used a very toxic though only mildly-euphoric narcotic called kava, something Europeans usually have no genetic resistance to.
In Tonga, we have a traditional ceremonial drink called 'kava', which is an integral part of our cultural heritage.