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
nights (of the moon). There are numerous varieties including:
government kumara, an introduced variety with dark red tubers;
leaves like manioc, light-red tubers;
smooth-skinned and round-tubered, coloured like the wild yam;
kūmara re‘a, kūmara rengarenga, kūmara ‘uā moa,
named from the egg-yolk colour of the flesh;
white tubers like Cordy-line;
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.]