kavakavaatua, kākavaatua

kavakavaatua, kākavaatua, n. An indigenous shrub (Piper latifolium) resembling kava2 in appearance.

‘E kava-kavaatua tērā rākau e tupu maī ra i te pae kauvai.
That shrub growing beside the river is a

kava-kavaatua. [Np. *kawakawa-‘atua.]

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