Parch (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Parching.] [OE. perchen to pierce, hence used of a piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier, F. percer. See Pierce.]


To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn.

Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn. Lev. xxiii. 14.


To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever.

The ground below is parched. Dryden.


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Parch, v. i.

To become scorched or superficially burnt; to be very dry.

"Parch in Afric sun."



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