v. parched, parch·ing, parch·es
1. To make extremely dry, especially by exposure to heat: The midsummer sun parched the earth. See Synonyms at dry.
2. To dry or roast (corn, for example) by exposing to heat.
To become very dry.
[Middle English parchen.]
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