kava2

kava2, n.

1. A shrub (Piper methysticum), also called kava māori.

2. A mildly narcotic and diuretic beverage, formerly obtained by chewing or pounding and straining the roots of above, diluted with water and ceremonially drunk.

Kua tukituki rātou i te aka o te kava māori ‘ei ma‘ani kava.
They pounded the roots of

Piper methysticum
to make kava with.

3. Any alcoholic drink, whether imported (kava papa‘ā) or one of various mainly fruit-based home-brews (kava māori, kava ‘irokia).

Kua kai kava ‘a Tā.
Tā has had a drink;

Kua ‘oko au ‘ē rua mō‘inā kava papa‘ā.
I’ve bought a couple of bottles of imported liquor;

‘E kava ‘ānani tā mātou i inu ei.
We drank some orange home-brew. Kava pakari, strong liquor, the hard stuff. (See kavakava2, konākava, parākava, pō‘utukava, ‘ua‘uākava.) (cf. kava1.) [Pn. *kawa1.]

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