verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- parcel tanker,
- parchment paper
Origin of parch
Examples from the Web for parched
Shrubs and small trees dot a parched landscape along the road from Turbat to the border.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Environmentalists today generally prefer to limit roads and block new water projects, even in parched California.
His arms were growing heavy with fatigue, his mouth was parched, and great beads of perspiration stood upon his brow.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The ground is parched, and one can get no shade, except by standing close under a trunk somewhat thicker than its neighbours.Impressions of South Africa|James Bryce
My lips were parched, my cheeks burned, and I was very sick.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two|Harriette Wilson
Even if he wanted to speak his parched tongue seemed unequal to the task.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge|Percy F. Westerman
Across the rolling sand-hills wheel marks, faint and wind-blown, led straight from the highway toward the parched peaks.Two Thousand Miles Below|Charles Willard Diffin
Word Origin 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.