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noun NZ
  1. a convolvulaceous twining plant, Ipomoea batatas, of tropical America, cultivated in the tropics for its edible fleshy yellow root
  2. the root of this plant
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Also called: sweet potato

Word Origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for kumara

Historical Examples

  • The crops grown were the “taro,” “hue” (gourd), “uwhi” (yam), and “kumara.”

    The City of Auckland

    John Barr

  • When Shiva tells her that Kumara is their own child, her joy is unbounded.

  • Great is the joy of Kumara himself, of his mother Parvati, and of Indra.

  • Here all the able-bodied men of the fort were set to work, turning up the rich black soil and planting potatoes, kumara, and taro.

  • The caterpillars feed on convolvulus, but do considerable damage to the foliage of the kumara and sometimes tobacco.