The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Perish \Per"ish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Perished; p. pr. & vb.
n. Perishing.] [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. p['e]rir, p.
pr. p['e]rissant, L. perire to go or run through, come to
nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. Issue, and
To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost;
to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.
I perish with hunger! --Luke xv. 17.
Grow up and perish, as the summer fly. --Milton.
The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking.