Share this entry

Share this page

kawa-kawa

Line breaks: kawa-kawa
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːwəˌkɑːwə
 
/

Definition of kawa-kawa in English:

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.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snärf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily