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 for shrivelled
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrivel \Shriv"el\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Shriveledor
     Shrivelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriveling or Shrivelling.]
     [Probably akin to shrimp, shrink; cf. dial. AS. screpa to
     pine away, Norw. skrypa to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory,
     frail, Sw. skr["o]pling feeble, Dan. skr["o]belig, Icel.
     skrj?pr brittle, frail.]
     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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shrivelled
      adj 1: (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture;
             "dried-up grass"; "the desert was edged with sere
             vegetation"; "shriveled leaves on the unwatered
             seedlings"; "withered vines" [syn: dried-up, sere,
             sear, shriveled, shrivelled, withered]
      2: lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness; "the
         old woman's shriveled skin"; "he looked shriveled and ill";
         "a shrunken old man"; "a lanky scarecrow of a man with
         withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie; "he did well
         despite his withered arm"; "a wizened little man with frizzy
         grey hair" [syn: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken,
         withered, wizen, wizened]
      3: reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity; "our shriveled
         receipts during the storm"; "as the project wore on she found
         her enthusiasm shriveled"; "the dollar's shrunken buying
         power" [syn: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken]

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