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Parch vs Unparched - What's the difference?

parch | unparched |

As a verb parch

is to burn the surface of, to scorch.

As a noun parch

is the condition of being parched.

As an adjective unparched is

dried up; withered by heat.




  • To burn the surface of, to scorch.
  • The sun today could parch cement.
  • To roast, as dry grain.
  • * Bible, Leviticus xxiii. 14
  • Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn.
  • To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat.
  • The patient's mouth is parched from fever.
  • (colloquial) To make thirsty.
  • We're parched , hon. Could you send up an ale from the cooler?
  • (archaic) To boil something slowly (Still used in Lancashire in , a type of mushy peas ).
  • To become superficially burnt; be become sunburned.
  • The locals watched, amused, as the tourists parched in the sun, having neglected to apply sunscreen or bring water.


  • The condition of being parched.
  • * 1982 , (TC Boyle), Water Music , Penguin 2006, p. 64:
  • Yet here he is, not at the head, but somewhere toward the rear of the serpentine queue wending its way through all this parch […].




  • (obsolete) Dried up; withered by heat.
  • My tongue unparched. — Richard Crashaw.
  • Not parched.
  • unparched cornmeal
  • * 1868 , Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, Greater Britain (volume 2, page 93)
  • To one fresh from the baked Australian plains, there is likeness between any green and humid land and the last unparched country that he may have seen.
    (Webster 1913)