Definition of kawa-kawa in English:

kawa-kawa

noun

  • A New Zealand shrub of the pepper family with aromatic leaves, cultivated as an ornamental.

    Also called pepper tree
    • ‘Kawakawa is one of the most distinctive New Zealand native plants.’
    • ‘Kawakawa thrives in the Aotea climate and is readily available all year round.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation:

kawa-kawa

/ˈkɑːwəˌkɑːwə/