\ˈpärcht \

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.

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Dust storms The Phoenix area is dry, and outflow from thunderstorms and monsoon activity in recent days has kicked up dust from the parched landscape. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 Seemingly overnight, two months of often-unfathomable rainfall ceded to sunny, hot days and parched lawns. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018 These fires are typically started by farmers and ranchers to clear land, but a severe drought last year caused them to spread rapidly, particularly in the parched southeast. New York Times, "Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017," 27 June 2018 Some of us prefer to use hair oils to get the perfect texture for parched strands while others rely on foams and mousses to give waves and curls the perfect amount of volume. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Verb's New Dark and Light Dry Shampoo Sprays Already Have a 2,000-Person Waitlist," 21 Apr. 2018 Even if the new shoots and fruit manage to keep growing to harvest, such parched conditions will likely hurt two years’ worth of grapes, Bennett says. Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek, "California Drought Could Dry Up Wineries," 6 Feb. 2014 The highest fire danger stretched from Los Angeles County westward into several counties up the coast where a north wind added another element to the mix of hot, dry air and parched vegetation. CBS News, "Southern California heat wave breaks records," 6 July 2018 The horses congregate on vast stretches of land, once green and lush, now dry and parched. Andrew Craft, Fox News, "Effort to save Nevada’s starving wild horses riles up community," 17 May 2018 Beside the sacred Yamuna river, putrid and parched, a large group of men were burning a pile of what looked like refrigerators and televisions. Meara Sharma,, "Why we can't comprehend climate change," 9 Apr. 2018

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circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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: very dry especially because of hot weather and no rain

: very thirsty

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