verb (used with object)
to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
to make dry, hot, or thirsty: Walking in the sun parched his throat.
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.
to dry or shrivel with cold.
verb (used without object)
to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
to dry (usually followed by up ).

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. Unabridged
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parch (pɑːtʃ)
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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Word Origin & History

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

mid-15c., pp. adj. from parch.
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Example sentences
The project will also capture steam for use as water in the parched country.
Somehow, more than a million people squeeze life from this parched land.
Snakes that thrived in moist marshes in the country are now fleeing their
  parched habitats for nearby towns.
The water is filtered on its way out as it drops sweet hydration into your
  parched mouth.
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