kūmara

kūmara, n.

1. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas).

Kua kiko te kūmara.
The sweet potatoes are ready for digging;

Ka mama-‘ata te kūmara mē tanu‘ia i te tangaroa.
The sweet potatoes will be big if they are planted on

tangaroa
nights (of the moon). There are numerous varieties including:

kūmara kavamani,
government kumara, an introduced variety with dark red tubers;

kūmara māniota,
leaves like manioc, light-red tubers;

kūmara ‘oi,
smooth-skinned and round-tubered, coloured like the wild yam;

kūmara raupipi,
pulse-leaf kumara;

kūmara Raokini,
Logan’s kumara;

kūmara re‘a, kūmara rengarenga, kūmara ‘uā moa,
named from the egg-yolk colour of the flesh;

kūmara tī
white tubers like Cordy-line;

kūmara vāvā‘i,
a large variety which needs to be cut up before being cooked;

kūmara vai‘ī ,
introduced from Hawaii.

2. A New Zealand Maori (slang).

‘E va‘ine kūmara tāna.
He’s got a New Zealand Maori wife. [Ce. *kuumara.]

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