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Definitions for kava
ˈkɑ vəka·va

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kava, kavakavanoun

    an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub


  1. kavanoun

    A plant from the South Pacific, Piper methysticum.

  2. kavanoun

    An intoxicating beverage made from the kava plant.

  3. Etymology: From kava, in turn from kawa


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  1. kava

    Kava is a beverage or extract typically consumed for its calming and relaxing effects. It is made from the root of the Piper methysticum, a plant native to the western Pacific Islands. The root is ground into a powder and then mixed with water to create the drink. Kava is also used in some traditional ceremonies in Pacific cultures and has been used in herbal medicine. The consumption and legality of Kava can vary depending on the country.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kavanoun

    a species of Macropiper (M. 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

  2. Etymology: [Polynesian.]


  1. Kava

    Kava or kava-kava is a crop of the western Pacific. The name kava is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names for kava include ʻawa, ava, yaqona, and sakau. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia. Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity. Its active ingredients are called kavalactones. A Cochrane Collaboration systematic review of its evidence concluded it was likely to be more effective than placebo at treating short-term social anxiety. Safety concerns have been raised over liver toxicity, largely due to the use of stems and leaves by supplement makers, as opposed to solely the root of the plant as dictated by traditional uses. However, based on a retrospective study of retained P. methysticum drug materials in Germany, the alkaloid pipermethystine, occurring to about 0.2% in the leaves, is an unlikely cause for the observed hepatotoxicity. Whether kava hepatotoxicity may be due to contamination with aflatoxins or other mould hepatotoxins, requires further studies. Heavy use of kava with comorbid alcohol consumption or an existing liver condition appears to lead to malnutrition, weight loss, liver damage, renal dysfunction, rashes, pulmonary hypertension, macrocytosis of red cells, lymphocytopenia, and decreasing platelet volumes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kava

    kä′va, n. Piper methysticum, also the narcotic drink prepared from it.—Also A′va.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Kava

    Dried rhizome and roots of Piper methysticum, a shrub native to Oceania and known for its anti-anxiety and sedative properties. Heavy usage results in some adverse effects. It contains ALKALOIDS; LACTONES; kawain, methysticin, mucilage, STARCH, and yangonin. Kava is also the name of the pungent beverage prepared from the plant's roots.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. kava

    A beverage, in the South Sea Islands, made by steeping the Piper inebrians in water.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KAVA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kava is ranked #46647 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kava surname appeared 456 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Kava.

    71.7% or 327 total occurrences were White.
    15.3% or 70 total occurrences were Asian.
    6.5% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.9% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kava in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kava in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of kava in a Sentence

  1. Chief Jack Malia:

    We allow the kava to clear the way to allow for his spirit to come back and live with us. The same spirit will grow inside one of his family and one day we will reconnect the people of Tanna and England, he is dead but he has a big family, who will live with his legacy. See all the pictures we have of him here. He is a good man.

  2. Vincent Lebot:

    The impact will be very severe on the local economy. Many children continue to go to school because their parents pay the school fees thanks to kava.

  3. Apo Aporosa:

    When a child is born, kava is presented and for a lot of Pacifica people, they believe that if you fail to do that, the child's life is cursed.

  4. Apo Aporosa:

    Kava is the dominant cultural icon for Pacifica people and the icon of identity for them.

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