One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the parched earth’
dry, as dry as a bone, bone dry, dried up, dried out, arid, waterless, desiccated, dehydrated, sun-baked, baked, burned, scorched, seared, withered, shrivelled
literary sere, adust
2‘Can I have a drink, please? I'm parched’
thirsty, dehydrated, dry
NZ Australian informal spitting chips
rare thirstful, droughty, sitient
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