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Definition of parched

: deprived of natural moisture parched land also : thirsty He was parched after the long hike.

Examples of parched in a Sentence

Could I have some water? I'm parched.
Recent Examples on the Web This time, the region received a reprieve from December storms that dumped heavy snow in the mountains and partially refilled parched reservoirs. NBC News, 22 Jan. 2022 For decades, Phil has been raising cattle on his family’s Montana ranch, a parched expanse ringed by jagged mountains. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Recently, his work helped restore pockets of riparian habitat to the parched riverbed. Jack Tamisiea, Wired, 1 Jan. 2022 Extreme heat last winter baked much of the West and left parched soils, which soaked up a portion of the runoff and left diminished flows in rivers, adding to California’s drought woes. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Suited for parched skin types, the product effectively evokes that soft, clean feeling your skin craves post-shave. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Her nourishing MahaMask uses rich turmeric butter and amla oil, derived from the Indian gooseberry tree, to hydrate parched skin. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 The Mile High City’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 Mirella Weingarten’s dramatic set design situates Khan on a parched, dusty hillside, rising upstage and draped ominously in lengths of rope. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of parched

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2022

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“Parched.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of parched

: very dry especially because of hot weather and no rain
: very thirsty


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