Shrubs and small trees dot a parched landscape along the road from Turbat to the border.
Environmentalists today generally prefer to limit roads and block new water projects, even in parched California.
Summer had come upon Vitry-sur-Marne and parched it to the bone.
It was like a brook overflowing after a rainstorm when the soil is parched.
The parched mouth and throat craved no more perpetually for the cooling drinks that had not allayed their misery.
That night sleep forsook his eyelids, and his mouth was parched and his spirit bitter.
But the season of berries was not yet, so they wetted their parched lips with their tongues and passed on with a sigh.
Her brow was hot and throbbing, and her lips were parched and feverish.
She made a gesture simply; her lips were too parched to open.
Without that, Monsieur, all is dry as a parched skin of orange.
late 14c., "to roast or dry" (peas, beans, corn, etc.), of uncertain origin. Klein and OED reject derivations from Old North French perchier (Old French percer) "to pierce" and Latin persiccare "to dry thoroughly." Barnhart suggests possibly from Middle English perchen, variant of perishen "to perish" (see perish). Klein "tentatively" suggests a back-formation from parchment. Surname Parchecorn is attested from mid-14c. Meaning "to dry with excessive heat" is mid-15c. Related: Parched; parching.