[Obs.] B. Jonson.
(Par"cel*ing), n. [Written also parcelling.]
1. The act of dividing and distributing in portions or parts.
2. (Naut.) Long, narrow slips of canvas daubed with tar and wound about a rope like a bandage, before
it is served; used, also, in mousing on the stayes, etc.
(Par"cel-mele`) adv. [See Parcel, and Meal a part.] By parcels or parts. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Par"ce*na*ry) n. [See Parcener, partner.] (Law) The holding or occupation of an inheritable
estate which descends from the ancestor to two or more persons; coheirship.
It differs in many respects from joint tenancy, which is created by deed or devise. In the United States
there is no essential distinction between parcenary and tenancy in common. Wharton. Kent.
(Par"ce*ner) n. [Of. parçonnier, parsonnier, fr. parzon, parçun, parcion,
part, portion, fr. L. partitio a division. See Partition, and cf. Partner.] (Law) A coheir, or one of two
or more persons to whom an estate of inheritance descends jointly, and by whom it is held as one estate.
(Parch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Parching.] [OE. perchen to pierce, hence
used of a piercing heat or cold, OF. perchier, another form of percier, F. percer. See Pierce.]
1. To burn the surface of; to scorch; to roast over the fire, as dry grain; as, to parch the skin; to parch
Ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn.Lev. xxiii. 14.
2. To dry to extremity; to shrivel with heat; as, the mouth is parched from fever.
The ground below is parched.Dryden.