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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parch  \Parch\  (p[aum]rch),  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}.] 
  1.  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. 
  2.  To  dry  to  extremity;  to  shrivel  with  heat;  as  the  mouth 
  is  parched  from  fever. 
  The  ground  below  is  parched.  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  dried  out  by  heat  or  excessive  exposure  to  sunlight;  "a  vast 
  desert  all  adust";  "land  lying  baked  in  the  heat"; 
  "parched  soil";  "the  earth  was  scorched  and  bare"; 
  "sunbaked  salt  flats"  [syn:  {adust},  {baked},  {scorched}, 
  2:  toasted  or  roasted  slightly;  "parched  corn  was  a  staple  of 
  the  Indian  diet" 

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