parch

verb
\ ˈpärch How to pronounce parch (audio) \
parched; parching; parches

Definition of parch

transitive verb

1 : to toast under dry heat
2 : to shrivel with heat
3 : to dry or shrivel with cold

intransitive verb

: to become dry or scorched

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Examples of parch in a Sentence

The hot desert sun had parched the land. the heat has really parched my throat
Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, California’s fall wildfire season has extended to much of the year with wet winters and springs followed quickly by hot, dry summers, which parch the natural fuel that flourished with the rains. Washington Post, "After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shut-off prevented wildfires," 14 Oct. 2019 Parts of the Andes Mountains and foothills down to the coast have been parched by an unprecedented 10-year dry spell that has cut some river flows by up to 80 percent. Bob Berwyn, ExpressNews.com, "‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.," 16 Apr. 2020 According to dermatologist Hadley King, MD, cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, which help thoroughly nourish parched, cracked, and ashy skin. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "5 Cocoa Butter Lotions — Because The Ashiness Is Real," 16 Mar. 2020 Humidifiers can make dry climes and winters less...parched. Popular Science, "Top-notch humidifiers for keeping your home fresh and comfortable," 31 Jan. 2020 In recent years, California’s fall wildfire season has extended to much of the year with wet winters and springs followed quickly by hot, dry summers, which parch the natural fuel that flourished with the rains. BostonGlobe.com, "After power is restored to large swath of California, PG&E claims shutoff prevented wildfires - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 2019 The drought parching southern Africa is also affecting people. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe’s severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife," 6 Nov. 2019 But many scientists believe the increase in wildfires in the Western United States is partly the result of tinder-dry forests parched by warming temperatures. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Vanishing ice puts Mongolia's reindeer herders at risk," 20 Nov. 2019 Kangaroos, parched by drought, decimated the grapes on a vineyard in Canberra. New York Times, "Saving the Fire Victims Who Cannot Flee: Australia’s Koalas," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of parch

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parch

Middle English

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The first known use of parch was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2020

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“Parch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parch. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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parch

verb
How to pronounce parch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parch

formal : to make (something) very dry

parch

verb
\ ˈpärch How to pronounce parch (audio) \
parched; parching

Kids Definition of parch

: to dry or make dry from heat and lack of moisture The heat and drought of dog days had parched the earth …— William H. Armstrong, Sounder

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