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
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.]