KJV Dictionary Definition: parch
P`ARCH, v.t. I know not from what source we have received this word. It corresponds in elements with the Italian bruciare, to burn or roast. Qu. L. peraresco.
1. To burn the surface of a thing; to scorch; as, to parch the skin; to parch corn.
2. To dry to extremity; as, the heat of the sun's rays parches the ground; the mouth is parched with thirst.
P`ARCH, v.i. To be scorched or superficially burnt; as, corn will dry and parch into barley.
1. To become very dry.
P`ARCHED, pp. Scorched; dried to extremity.
P`ARCHING, ppr. Scorching; drying to extremity.
1. a. Having the quality of burning or drying; as the parching heat of African sands.