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Shrivel

shrivel
To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; often with up.
Origin: Shriveled or Shrivelled; Shriveling or Shrivelling Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. Dial. AS. Screpa to pine away, Norw. Skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. Skropling feeble, Dan. Skrobelig, Icel. Skrjpr brittle, frail.


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