Pronunciation: (pärch), [key]
1. to make extremely, excessively, or completely dry, as heat, sun, and wind do.
2. to make dry, hot, or thirsty: Walking in the sun parched his throat.
3. to dry (peas, beans, grain, etc.) by exposure to heat without burning; to toast or roast slightly: A staple of the Indian diet was parched corn.
4. to dry or shrivel with cold.
1. to suffer from heat, thirst, or need of water.
2. to become parched; undergo drying by heat.
3. to dry (usually fol. by up).
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