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Definition dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
  • Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
parched = dried out
  • The water felt good on my parched mouth and throat.
  • parched = dry
  • Cactus is about all that will grow in this parched soil.
  • parched = dried out
  • It was parched country, for the rains had not yet come north, and the streams ran nearly empty.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • parched = dry or thirsty
  • "Pa, try to take some water," she'd say, lifting his head and holding a glass to his cracked, parched lips.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • parched = dried out
  • We take turns holding our mouths under the tap, wetting our parched tongues.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • parched = dry (thirsty)
  • "Water," the voice said in a parched, croaking whisper.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • parched = dry and very thirsty
  • His head began to ache and his eyes to burn, and his mouth felt parched.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • parched = dried out or very thirsty
  • A bowl of thin cabbage soup, half burned, was as welcome to them as rain to parched earth.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • parched = dried out by heat
  • We hadn't had a drop of rain since that double-rainbow hailstorm back in January, and the whole world was looking parched.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • parched = dried out by heat (thirsty in a metaphorical sense)
  • Below them, the ground looked parched, with only occasional roads, cactuses, brush.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • parched = dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
  • It was a warm, bubbly, mushy nectar, sweet and tangy. It felt like heaven as it flowed over his dry mouth and down his parched throat.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • parched = dry from thirst
  • Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • parched = dry
  • "Now, Pheoby, don't feel too mean wid de rest of 'em 'cause dey's parched up from not knowin' things."
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • parched = dried out
  • Surely there is no greater gift to a man than that which turns all his aims into parching lips and all life into a fountain.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • parching = drying out (or making thirsty)
  • It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • parched = dried out; or made to feel thirsty
  • Our limbs numb with cold despite the running our throats parched, famished, breathless, on we went.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • parched = dry from thirst
  • He had parched hands and a face hacked as if by baseball cleats.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • parched = dried out (as though by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight)
  • He ate another piece of jerky and a handful of parched corn, waiting for the dark.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • parched = dried out
  • Meanwhile, I thought I might be dying of thirst, and my parched throat was driving me onward to water and perhaps safety.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
parched = dried out

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