Pronunciation: (kä'vu), [key]
1. a Polynesian shrub, Piper methysticum, of the pepper family, the aromatic roots of which are used to make an intoxicating beverage.
2. the beverage made from these roots. Also called ka'va•ka'va, ka'va-ka'va.
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