1. Nearly dried out, almost dry.
E tari mai koe i tēnā au kāka‘u ki roto i te ‘are mē pāpāmarō.
Bring those clothes into the house when they are nearly dry;
Kua pāpāmarō te vai i roto i te au repo taro.
The water in the taro swamps has nearly dried up;
I te pāpāmarō‘anga te au pūtē kua topa mai te ua ē kua mā‘ū ‘aka‘ou.
When the sacks were nearly dry, down came the rain and they were wet again.
2. (Bib.). Drought-stricken, parched.
Te ngai papa marō ra e te vai kore,
a drought-stricken place, without water (Deut. 8.15);
mei te marumaru o tetai mato maata i te enua papamarō ra,
like the shade of a great rock in a parched land (Is. 32.2).