They also prepare a drink by parching corn and grinding it to powder on the metate, and mixing it with water and a little achote.
What these animals can find to eat in a parching desert is, and remains to me, a mystery.
Fear not the hardships of the road—the storm, the parching heat or winter's cold, hunger or thirst or ambushed foe!
The wagon was a bake-oven, but there was no sweat in him to cool his parching skin.
They were parching with thirst, weak with hunger, and it might have been supposed that reverses had broken their spirit.
At least she could breathe freely now and moisten her parching lips.
They all drank a type of this beverage that had been made by parching bran or meal and then boiled in water.
He gossiped a little about the drought which was parching the rice fields.
parching summer hath no warrantTo consume this crystal well;Rains, that make each brook a torrent,Neither sully it, nor swell.
It is made by parching the Indian corn in hot ashes, and then beating it to a powder.
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.