In common use it is a verb with the normal meaning to "parch" or "fry," and hence the secondary meaning to "prepare."
May it parch their throats, as if they had been breathing the simoon!
In former times the uncouth peasants did not parch the corn; and the threshing floor was a name unknown on earth.
Then, too, I will give you and Benny some corn to parch this evening, and you can have a nice time.
Dey parch dat weed in de iron oven, grind it and put it in de iron pot.
To Miss Parnell, Mr. parch related the contents of his late client's will.
The droughts which parch the lowlands are unknown, for an even rain falls all the year and the soil is always moist.
The fire that is but just sufficient to receive the noble sirloin (No. 19), will parch up a lighter joint.
And the new day once more brings the blazing sun further to parch the land and plants.
The natives catch them in small nets, when they come to devour their potato-vines, and parch them over the fire in an earthen pan.
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.