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

  Wither \With"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Withered; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Withering.] [OE. wideren; probably the same word as
     wederen to weather (see Weather, v. & n.); or cf. G.
     verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. vysti to
     wither.]
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     1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become
        sapless; to dry or shrivel up.
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              Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off
              the fruit thereof, that it wither?    --Ezek. xvii.
                                                    9.
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     2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away,
        as animal bodies.
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              This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak.
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              There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt.
                                                    xii. 10.
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              Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. "Names
        that must not wither." --Byron.
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              States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.
                                                    --Cowper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Withered \With"ered\, a.
     Faded; dried up; shriveled; wilted; wasted; wasted away. --
     With"ered*ness, n. --Bp. Hall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  withered
      adj 1: 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]
      2: (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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "withered":
     Sanforized, adust, anile, atrophied, attenuated, baked, brittle,
     burnt, cadaverous, consumed, corky, corpselike, crabbed,
     debilitated, decrepit, dehydrated, desiccated, doddered, doddering,
     doddery, dried, dried-up, emacerated, emaciate, emaciated,
     evaporated, exsiccated, feeble, fossilized, gerontal, gerontic,
     haggard, hollow-eyed, infirm, jejune, marantic, marasmic,
     mossbacked, moth-eaten, mummified, mummylike, palsied, papery,
     papery-skinned, parched, parchmenty, peaked, peaky, pinched, poor,
     preshrunk, puny, ravaged with age, rickety, run to seed, rusty,
     scorched, sear, seared, senile, sere, shaky, shriveled,
     shriveled up, shrunk, shrunken, skeletal, starved, starveling,
     stricken in years, sun-dried, sunbaked, tabetic, tabid, thin,
     timeworn, tottering, tottery, underfed, undernourished, wasted,
     wasted away, weak, weazened, weazeny, wilted, wind-dried, wizen,
     wizen-faced, wizened, wraithlike, wrinkled
  
  

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