Definition of kawa-kawa in English:
A New Zealand shrub of the pepper family with aromatic leaves, cultivated as an ornamental. Also called pepper tree.
- Macropiper excelsum, family Piperaceae
- Kawakawa thrives in the Aotea climate and is readily available all year round.
- Kawakawa is one of the most distinctive New Zealand native plants.
mid 19th century: from Maori.
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