Definition of kawa-kawa in English:

kawa-kawa

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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
    More 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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