An herb native to islands in the South Pacific. Substances taken from the root have been used in some cultures to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, sleeplessness, and problems of menopause. Tonga may increase the effect of alcohol and of certain drugs used to treat anxiety and depression. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises users that tonga may cause severe liver damage. The scientific name is Piper methysticum. Also called kava kava, intoxicating pepper, rauschpfeffer, and yangona.

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  • Tonga — (del lat. «tunĭca») 1 f. Tongada (capa de cosas). 2 (Cuba) *Montón de cosas apiladas en orden. 3 (Ar., Arg., Col.) *Tarea. * * * tonga. (Del lat. tunĭca). f. tongada. || 2. Ar. y Col …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • tonga — (Del lat. tunĭca). 1. f. tongada. 2. Ar. y Col. tarea (ǁ obra o trabajo). 3. Can. y Cuba. Pila o porción de cosas apiladas en orden. Sacos en tonga. [m6]Una tonga de tablas …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Tonga [2] — Tonga, 1) (T. Archipel, Freundschaftliche Insel, Freundschaftsinseln, engl. Friendly Islands), Archipelagus im Stillen Ocean unter 18 bis 22° südlicher Breite gelegen, zum Südö stlichen Polynesien gehörig. Er bildet eine der Gruppen des äußeren… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tonga — [täŋ′gə] kingdom occupying a group of islands (Tonga Islands) in the SW Pacific, east of Fiji; member of the Commonwealth: 289 sq mi (749 sq km); pop. 95,000; cap. Nukualofa …   English World dictionary

  • Tonga — Ton ga, n. (Med.) A drug useful in neuralgia, derived from a Fijian plant supposed to be of the aroid genus {Epipremnum}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tonga — Ton ga, n. [Hind. t[=a]ng[=a], Skr. tama[.n]gaka.] A kind of light two wheeled vehicle, usually for four persons, drawn by ponies or bullocks. [India] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Tonga — Tonga, Getränk, s. Datura …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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