Definition of kumara in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːmərə/

noun (plural same)

A sweet potato.
Example sentences
  • The climate in the area is warmer than in places further south and it is not possible to grow kumara further south.
  • There is an old Maori saying that the kumara never says how sweet it is.
  • We ate hangi for dinner - meat, smoky carrots and kumara cooked in baskets under the earth on hot rocks for over three hours.


suck the kumara

NZ informal Suffer a defeat or disaster; fail: I’m sucking the kumara big time
More example sentences
  • He may be "rogue" now, but once he's sucked the kumara, Jones will be the man of the hour.
  • He's quite keen for you to suck the kumara.
  • I am thankful my wife walked the last 5 km with me because I was definitely sucking the kumara.


Late 18th century: from Maori.

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