• WordNet 3.6
    • v parch cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat "The sun parched the earth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Parch To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry. "Parch in Afric sun."
    • Parch To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn. "Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn."
    • Parch To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever. "The ground below is parched ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • parch To expose to the strong action of fire, but without burning; roast (vegetable produce especially) partially by rapid expulsion of moisture.
    • parch To dry up; dry to extremity or to the point of burning: as, the sun's rays parch the ground; parched with thirst.
    • parch Synonyms Singe, Sear, etc. See scorch.
    • parch To become very dry; be scorched.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Parch pärch to burn slightly: to scorch
    • v.i Parch to be scorched: to become very dry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. perchen, to pierce, hence used of a piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier, F. percer,. See Pierce


In literature:

When the dark days of starvation came, the women nursed the sick and wounded, lived on mule and horse meat and parched corn.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Through their roots the small trickle of the spring percolated, stealing its way to the parched sands outside.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The dust was rising already in parched clouds from the dry Virginia roads.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The heat had been great for days, and the earth was parched and thirsty.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
His lips were dry and parched.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
An outburst of cries and shouting rang through her brain, and a shriek was wrung from her parched throat.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
More I have to tell thee, Karna, but my parting breath may fail, Feeble are my dying accents, and my parched lips are pale!
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
His lips were dry, and his throat parched: he could not articulate a syllable.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
Then he felt so hot that his tongue was parched with thirst.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
The track that was parched and spongy has now become soft and slippery.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
Our coffee was made from parched meal or wheat bran.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
The grey, rocky bluff, that fronted them, looked parched and forbidding.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
The Kings were parched for music; they begged for another and another.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Their lips were parched and dried, and their tongues like tags of leather.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
Before her stretched the desert, an undulating ocean of greyness, a dry ocean parched by a merciless sun.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
The sand and parched grain are then placed in a sieve, through which the former escapes.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
His flesh was hot and dry, his mouth parched, and his eyes were like burning coals.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
Her throat felt parched.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Her throat is parched.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham

In poetry:

"But as I sat in evil plight,
With dry parched heart and sickened brain,
Uprose in me the water bright,
Thou gavest me thyself again!"
"A Meditation Of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
But none say thou thy tears didst pour
To wash his parched feet first;
Of tears thou couldst not have such store
As from this woman burst!
"The Woman That Was A Sinner" by George MacDonald
Thou hastenest on Life's thorny way
Where torrid suns the mountains burn,
Where parch the thirsty plains--yet say,
Oh, say thou wilt to me return.
"Ah, Hast Thou Gone?" by Lennox Amott
Its flower is firm and fresh
And stout like sturdiest flesh
Of children: all
The strenuous blast that parches
Spring hurts it not till March is
Near his fall.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
When Israel's tribes were parch'd with thirst,
Forth from the rock the waters burst;
And all their future journey through
Yielded them drink, and Gospel too!
"That Rock Was Christ" by John Newton
Then welcome, welcome, beautiful Rain,
Thou bringest flowers to the parched-up plain;
Oh! for many a frenzied heart and brain,
Bring peace and love to the world again!
"The Rain: A Song Of Peace" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Parched Colorado Targets Water Abuse.
Chad's 2012 garden getting parched .
Hope Springs Sees Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones Rejuvenate Parched Cinematic Terrain.
How to revive your parched lawn.
Parchment That Won't Get Parched.
The skin of the earth is so parched it won't even flake.
No way around it, folks -- the Brazos Valley is parched.
Ahead, down a long hillside of parched grass and across the shallow river Pandj, is Afghanistan, the source of roughly 75 percent of the world's heroin.
That, in essence, is the proposal Gov Walter J Hickel of Alaska brought to Southern California today to solve this parched region's water problems.
Arizona's third-largest forest fire in history was fostered by drought conditions tied to La Niña, strong winds and parched soils and vegetation.
ST LOUIS (AP) — Drought conditions have worsened in several parched Plains states, further punishing withering corn and soybean crops and devastating the pastureland that ranchers depend on, according to the latest US drought map.
For parched Dubai 2009 visitors here in the desert it is hard to imagine that excessive humidity could be an issue.
The Harlan County Reservoir lies parched in drought on August 25, 2012 near Alma, Nebraska.
(AP)--There's no grass for grazing on Debbie and Duane Blythe's ranch in Kansas' parched Flint Hills.
Wet weather over the weekend helped parched North Texas lakes, but more rain is needed to bring them back to normal levels.