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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Per·ish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Perished p. pr. & vb. n. Perishing.]  To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.
    I perish with hunger!   --Luke xv. 17.
    Grow up and perish, as the summer fly.   --Milton.
    The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking.   --Locke.