Definition of kava :
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.
- His age might be about thirty, and by the white scurf on his skin, and his sore eyes, he appeared to be a hard drinker of kava. - "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
- Even the king was galvanized into action, and, to the surprise of everyone, gave a sort of At Home, where Satterlee was the guest of honor, and received the second kava cup. - "Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas", Lloyd Osbourne.
- After the evening repast came the kava ceremony. - "Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life", Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.