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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 The flames of record-breaking conflagrations tore through the parched parts of Australia, the lush Amazon and huge swaths of the Western U.S. this year. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "The Top Five Climate Stories of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 The road continues for a half-mile to South Deer Flat Tank, another parched water hole tucked into a ravine that makes for a good turnaround spot. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Sears Fire scorched part of this AZ hike, but its beauty remains. Here's how to do it," 8 Dec. 2020 Before running its course, the storm’s unrestrained winds animated the limitless flames that sucked the life from our parched Western timberlands. Steve West,, "The storm is over | Opinion," 4 Dec. 2020 To hydrate extra-parched strands, Leonor Greyl's brightening purple conditioning treatment is infused with meadowfoam seed oil, rice proteins, and babassu butter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Purple Shampoos to Preserve Your Hair Color in Lockdown," 18 Nov. 2020 Rick Canepa, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, also cautioned that a subsequent spell of windy, hot weather could quickly undo the beneficial effects of precipitation in Northern California’s parched landscape. Kellie Hwang,, "Rain could fall on the Bay Area this week. Will it help put out the Glass Fire?," 5 Oct. 2020 As signs of change reach our lengths, only the best hair oil formulas will do to keep parched strands quenched. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 13 Best Hair Oils to Keep Your Hair Healthy Through Winter," 27 Oct. 2020 Almost two dozen hikers were airlifted to safety after a wildfire broke out in a recreation area in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, the latest in a series of fires raging for months across Colorado and the parched West. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Helicopters rescue 23 people, 3 dogs from Colorado's Ice Fire as 'devastating' blazes rage," 20 Oct. 2020 Beyond them, roughly forming an oval, were high stone walls pressed up against the parched hills—remnants of a quarry that had once occupied the scrubby headlands above the Ionian Sea. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Italian Home That’s Beyond Perfect for Outdoor Living and Hosting," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of parched

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parched was circa 1552

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“Parched.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parched

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

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