1. [syn: adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked]
2. toasted or roasted slightly;
- Example: "parched corn was a staple of the Indian diet"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parch \Parch\ (p[aum]rch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parched; p. pr.
& vb. n. Parching.] [OE. perchen to pierce, hence used of a
piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier,
F. percer. See Pierce.]
1. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire,
as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn.
Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn. --Lev.
2. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth
is parched from fever.
The ground below is parched. --Dryden.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "parched":
Sanforized, adust, ashen, ashy, athirst, attenuated, baked,
blistered, burned, burnt, burnt-up, consumed, consumed by fire,
corky, dehydrated, desiccated, dried, dried-up, droughty, dry,
emacerated, emaciated, evaporated, exsiccated, gutted, incinerated,
mummified, preshrunk, pyrographic, pyrolyzed, scorched, sear,
seared, sere, shriveled, shriveled up, shrunk, shrunken, singed,
sun-dried, sunbaked, sunburned, thin, thirsting, thirsty, wasted,
wasted away, weazened, wind-dried, withered, wizen, wizen-faced,