1. (-a, -‘ia). Crush into a heap, bunch up, bundle up, clench (fist).
Kua kūkumu ‘aia i tōna kāka‘u piro ē kua pē‘i ki tōna māmā kia pu‘a.
He bundled up his old clothes and threw them to his mother to wash;
Kua kūkumu‘ia te piriaro e te tamaiti, ē kua tāuru ki roto i tōna pūtē piripou.
The boy crushed his singlet into his trouser pocket;
Kua kūkumu ‘aia i tōna rima.
He clenched his fist;
‘Auraka kōtou e kūkumu ‘ua ki te ngā‘i ‘okota‘i.
Don’t all of you crowd together in one place.
2. n. Heap, bunch, clump, tuft.
E kave koe i tēnā kūkumu tī tā ki ta‘atai.
Take that heap of rubbish down to the beach;
E tuku koe i tēnā kūkumu tiare ki roto i te vai kia kore e mae.
Put that bunch of flowers in water so they won’t wilt;
E ‘u‘uti koe i tēnā kūkumu tī tā.
Pull up that clump of grass. Kūkumu rauru, tuft of hair.
Kūkumu rima raore,
a fistful or clutched handful of sweets. (cf.