verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of parch
Examples from the Web for parch
Only the parch and the blaze were over, and beautiful dews had cooled away their fever.We Girls: A Home Story|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
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.
Another effect of the over heating of the stove is to desiccate or parch the air, and to render it irritating when breathed.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
This they also gather, and parch and store away in leather sacks, for the season of want.
Presently, he knew, thirst would begin to parch his throat and hunger to gnaw at him.The Tree of Life|Catherine Lucille Moore
British Dictionary definitions for parch
Word Origin for parch
Word Origin and History for parch
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.