Definition of kawa-kawa in English:

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kawa-kawa

Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːwəˌkɑːwə/

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noun

A New Zealand shrub of the pepper family with aromatic leaves, cultivated as an ornamental. Also called pepper tree.
  • Macropiper excelsum, family Piperaceae
Example sentences
  • Kawakawa thrives in the Aotea climate and is readily available all year round.
  • Kawakawa is one of the most distinctive New Zealand native plants.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

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