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Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
  dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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parches parched parch parching
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  • Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
  • Cactus is about all that will grow in this parched soil.
  • The water felt good on my parched mouth and throat.
  • It was parched country, for the rains had not yet come north, and the streams ran nearly empty.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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  • "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
  • We take turns holding our mouths under the tap, wetting our parched tongues.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "Water," the voice said in a parched, croaking whisper.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • 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
  • Below them, the ground looked parched, with only occasional roads, cactuses, brush.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • His head began to ache and his eyes to burn, and his mouth felt parched.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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  • 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
  • It allays a feverish thirst that had parched me for many days.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Rahim Khan raised the teacup to his parched lips and took a sip.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • 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
  • "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
  • ...parch, like earth denied rain.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Our limbs numb with cold despite the running our throats parched, famished, breathless, on we went.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Feverish dreams flickered from his enlarged eyes, long nails grew slowly on his parched fingers and a dry, shaggy beard grew on his chin.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • He ate another piece of jerky and a handful of parched corn, waiting for the dark.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • It was us that had been making him go on for weeks, ... weeks of making him wink and grin and laugh and go on with his act long after his humor had been parched dry between two electrodes.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 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
  • 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
  • The grass on the side lawn was parched brown with irregular scallops of green where the shade of the trees shadowed the ground.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • He had parched hands and a face hacked as if by baseball cleats.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Now the walls dissolved into distances of parched weed, mile on mile, and warm endless sky.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • But nothing could stop it from leaking past his teeth and swollen parched tongue.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Hazel felt bad asking them to take care of her, but she’d woken up parched and exhausted...
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • It looked dried out today, parched.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • "You must be parched," said Szpirglas.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • By the time they take a break, my ears pound and my throat is parched.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • There was an expectancy about its sounds and shapes: the distant chunk pomp of leather and young bodies on the practice field near her house made her think of bands and cold Coca-Colas, parched peanuts and the sight of people’s breath in the air.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The ground was dry, parched from months with no rain, and it was solid.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • But in my parched haze, it’s hard to piece together what happened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • It had been a few weeks since the last torrential storm, and anything that had regrown since the flares was parched.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • My throat’s parched.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • As we headed south the land became more parched.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • He took a drink of water, realizing how parched his throat had become.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • My two cans of grain alcohol were believed to have been vodka, with which to loosen the tongues of the parched Russians in order to pry out their innermost secrets.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I can’t breathe, and my mouth is dry, parched.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He opened the chest, drew out a roll of parch— ment, and brought it to Lord Nestor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • She wet her parched lips and craned her neck to peer at the android behind her.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • His mud skin was cracked like a parched riverbed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • There were Megan and Christy, who jumped up and down like parched peas, moody Beth Ann, and pink-cheeked Alex.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • My lips were parched and my throat was dry.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Their throats were parched, their bones ached, their stomachs twitched with hunger.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • His lips became cracked and parched.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • If we were to have children ." and the sudden, alerted sweep of her eyes across his face had made him feel the way a parched plant must feel when it’s finally given water.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • My throat feels parched; the words tear at my throat as they come out.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Tiny flecks of skin, parched from dry-cleaning clothes, ironing shirts, "heavy on the starch," stand up searching for the moisture that was robbed day after day for eleven years.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • I sat down but said nothing, my mouth having become parched and speechless.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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