• WordNet 3.6
    • n kava an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kava (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kava A Polynesian shrub, Macropiper latifolium (Piper methysticum), of the pepper family. It is an erect, knotted, soft-stemmed plant with dark-green heart-shaped leaves. Its root has aromatic and pungent qualities, and affords by fermentation an intoxicating drink.
    • n kava A beverage derived from this plant. The native method of preparation was by chewing the root, adding water to the result, and straining, the last process being accompanied by ceremonial chanting. Also cava, awa, kawa, and ava.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kava kä′va Piper methysticum, also the narcotic drink prepared from it
    • Kava Also A′va
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Mataafa sat within, over his kava bowl, unmoved.
"A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A kava root was a constant form of offering all over Polynesia.
"The Evolution of Theology: An Anthropological Study" by Thomas Henry Huxley
I took care to supply them with their favourite kava and fudge, and they worked like horses.
"The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen" by Rudolph Erich Raspe
AVA OR KAVA (Macropiper methysticum), TAHITI.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Further on, an old chief delivered an harangue from the shore, holding a branch of Kava in his hand.
"Laperouse" by Ernest Scott
The 'kava' was then offered to the various chiefs by those who had prepared it.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He spends a long time in preparing his kava, and drinks it noisily.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Belle and Fanny were obviously thought to be my two wives; they were served their kava together, as were Mataafa and myself.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mataafa sat within, over his kava bowl, unmoved.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Among the most curious specimens of native carving were the wooden bowls in which the chiefs drank kava.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
Frequently he will not utter a word till the repast is finished and the kava too.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
A native girl, called Liva, was sitting on the main hatch making a bowl of kava.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
The distribution of kava-drinking and betel-chewing is of great interest.
"Man, Past and Present" by Agustus Henry Keane
Nevertheless the opinion was unanimous that it is only in the "Apres" that you can enjoy Kava.
"Stevenson's Shrine" by Laura Stubbs
He alone might wear his turban during the kava-drinking.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
After the evening repast came the kava ceremony.
"Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life" by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Returning later on to the booth further ceremonies were successfully encountered, including the preparing and drinking of King's Kava.
"Down Under With the Prince" by Everard Cotes
We had first a grand kava feast, the drink they make from certain roots, which they first chew in their mouths.
"Kidnapping in the Pacific" by W.H.G. Kingston
The drunkenness produced by kava is of a melancholy, silent and drowsy character.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
The native beverage, kava, is served in a cocoanut shell by one of the daughters.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In news:

Blame it on the kava.
Blame it on the kava .
Instead of taking a pharmaceutical to help quell anxiety, consider kava .
In this episode of Caught Doing Something Good we hear from Ida Kava , a seventeen-year-old living in Savoonga.
The South Sea Islands root kava has a long tradition of medicinal and ritual use.
Kava — much ado about relaxation.
Alex Kava 's road to best-selling mystery novelist was an unconventional one.
Kava is king of Kiwi contraband .
Kava plays an important part in traditional ceremonies.
With Bellarmine College Prep desperately trying to hold on in the final minute Friday night, Serra running back Kava Cassidy charged toward the goal line with a chance to put his team in the Central Coast Section Open Division final.
Although the bar serves only kava — no liquor or beer — the décor alone will have your mind feeling tipsy.
Joe Kava found himself on the southern coast of Finland, sending robotic cameras down an underground tunnel that stretched into the Baltic Sea.
Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda also blends kava extract and passionflower, herbs thought to have a relaxation and calming effect, the company says.
On Friday, Glitch Slap is happening at the Kava Lounge with Jupit3r, Chris B, Richard Sweat , Squama and EyeQ.
Hosted by Thelonious Stretch with DJ Kava on the 1's & 2's.

In science:

Since the vowels are to be used freely in conjunction with the consonants 1472 = kava sira or pava thabha, etc and likewise 5380 = mule dana or śila hena.
Aryabhata's Mathematics