parch

[pahrch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
2.
to make dry, hot, or thirsty: Walking in the sun parched his throat.
3.
to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly: A staple of the Indian diet was parched corn.
4.
to dry or shrivel with cold.
verb (used without object)
5.
to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
6.
to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
7.
to dry (usually followed by up ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English perchen < ?

parchable, adjective
parchedly [pahr-chid-lee, pahrcht-] , adverb
parchedness, noun
parchingly, adverb
unparched, adjective
unparching, adjective


1. dry, shrivel, dessicate.


wet, moisten.
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parch (pɑːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  to deprive or be deprived of water; dry up: the sun parches the fields
2.  (tr; usually passive) to make very thirsty: I was parched after the run
3.  (tr) to roast (corn, etc) lightly
 
[C14: of obscure origin]

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parch
mid-13c., possibly from M.E. perchen, var. of perishen "to perish."
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