1. (verb) to be dry, baked, cooked until crisp, baked hard, burned, weathered.
2. (modifier) dry, baked, burned, crisp.
Ko ngā tāngata e noho ana i te take o taua maunga pakapaka ana i te wera o te rā, ko te tihi o te maunga e hūhia ana e te huka TTT 1/10/1927:664). / The people living at the foot of that mountain are baked by the heat of the sun, while the summit of the mountain is covered in snow.
3. (noun) dryness, aridity, drought, aridness.
4. (noun) scraps, dried food, preserved food.
Ka moe whārōrō, tangata i te whata pakapaka; ka moe hūpeke, tangata kāore āna whata pakapaka (NP 2001:171). / The person with a storehouse of preserved provisions sleeps stretched out; while the one without a storehouse of preserved food sleeps with his legs drawn up. (A whakataukī promoting the stocking of food provisions in case of lean periods - a person who has such provisions sleeps more comfortably.)
5. (noun) cloak of coarse flax.